This Centaury is characterised by a dense, generally flat-topped inflorescence of bright pink flowers with white centers. Flowers are similar to Davy’s Centaury (Zeltnera davyi, see below), but smaller (corolla lobes 2-4.5 mm) and ± sessile. There are 2 stigmas with elliptic to ovate lobes. Note: Centaurium used to include all the Centauries, but is now confined to Eurasian species. California species are found in Zeltnera.
Photographs by Cliff Halverson