- Centaurea macrocephala is a large, perennial herb that grows on sturdy root stock and can reach 5 ft. (1.5 m) tall. Various common names including Lemon Fluff, Globe Centaury and Pineapple Thistle.
- Broadly lance-shaped leaves with sharp, pointed tips are rough to the touch and up to 15 in. (38.1 cm) long at the base of the plant.
- Single, showy, bright yellow flower head at tops of stems. Bracts (found under the flower head) are golden brown and fringed. Flowering occurs from July to September.
- Reproduces by seed which can be spread by wind, passing animals, humans, vehicles or equipment. It can re-sprout from woody root crown.
- Ecological Threat
- Centaurea macrocephala will out-compete grasses and other forage species, reducing food sources for wildlife and livestock. It is very difficult to remove once established. It is native to Turkey.