Flowers are radiant or discoid, in few-headed corymbiform arrays, borne on leafy-bracted peduncles. The involucres are 0.6-0.7 in. (15-18 mm), subcylindric to ovoid or campanulate, usually longer than wide, even when pressed. Flowering summer-fall (Jun-Oct).

Centaurea nigrescens can be found in disturbed areas including along roadsides, fields, pastures, and waste areas. It is native to Asia and Europe.

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