Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Common-Knapweed
Centaurea nigra
of the Daisy family
a perennial
50 - 100 cm high
blooms June - September
likes grassy places, roadsides, meadows
Can be seen extensively around the Park. This was by the Bothwellhaugh football pitch

   
The word 'knap' means 'knob' - "knobweed". The scientific name probably derives from Greek mythology in which the centaur (half man-half horse) Chiron was said to have used the plant for its healing powers.
Superstition has it that Knapweed can be used to predict the future of a maiden. If the florets of a flower head blossom while inside her blouse for an hour, she will soon receive a marriage proposal