Common Knapweed

Latin Name:

Centaurea nigra

Manx Name:

lus-y-cramman doo

Season:

June - October

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Locations where this species is found:
Silverburn River, Port Soderick

This plant resembles a thistle but lacks the sharp spikes. It can be found almost everywhere.

Knapweed produces large quantities of nectar and often attracts bees and butterflies. It is sometimes planted near cultivated land, both to attract pollinators and to draw away pests such as beetles that would otherwise attack crops.

Knapweed has many uses in herbal medicine and studies have shown that it may be useful in developing cancer treatments.

In Manx, its name is "lus-y-cramman doo", which means "plant of black bulb".
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