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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Centaurea cyanus - Cornflower

Range & Status

Archaeophyte. European Temperate species. Widely scattered throughout lowland

Britain but status confused due to loss of native populations and massive increase of introductions.

Regional Distribution

Only one recent site in cereal fields near Mylor Bridge (SW83), where it is considered to be native and a dozen where it has been introduced in seed-mixes.

Habitat & Ecology

Cereal fields, waste places and some re-seeded pasture fields.


Probably unlikely to survive as a native.



Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.