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Centaurium texense (Lady bird's centaury)
Richardson, Charmaine

Centaurium texense

Centaurium texense (Griseb.) Fernald

Lady Bird's Centaury, Texas Centaury

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)


USDA Symbol: CETE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

29 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AR , KS , MO , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Edward's Plateau and Blackland Prairies. Well-drained limestone and calcareous soils.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

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
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0226 Collected May 27, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0153 Collected May 17, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 1029 Collected May 10, 1995 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
NPSOT 0680 Collected Jul 18, 1992 in Bandera County by Harry Cliffe

4 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-0137 Collected 2007-07-03 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 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 texense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Centaurium texense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Centaurium texense


Record Modified: 2023-01-31
Research By: TWC Staff

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