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Centaurium beyrichii (Mountain pink)
Schwartzman, Steven

Centaurium beyrichii

Centaurium beyrichii (Torr. & A. Gray ex Torr.) B.L. Rob.

Mountain Pink, Meadow Pink, Catchfly, Quinineweed

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Erythraea beyrichii


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

23 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Less than 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


Native Habitat: Hillsides/Slopes, Prairie/Plains/Meadows/Pastures/Savannas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Gravelly, Limestone-based, Granitic
Conditions Comments: Plant from seed in the fall in rock or gravel and on a slight slope where a little extra moisture will run over it. Will not appreciate soils with too much organic matter. Great for a rock garden!


Use Ornamental: Color, Showy, Rock gardens
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Moths, Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-insects, Nectar-Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Poisonous: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds

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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0438 Collected Jun 24, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0059 Collected May 19, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0682 Collected Jul 18, 1992 in Bandera County by Harry Cliffe

3 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-533 Collected 2007-07-29 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Centaurium beyrichii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Centaurium beyrichii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Centaurium beyrichii


Record Modified: 2023-04-04
Research By: NPC, ADA

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