Larkdaisy This plant grows about 30 cm in height.  The dark violet head flower, which is 4 cm in diameter and resembles the thistle, blooms at the tip of the stem.  As one expected of a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family, tiny cute flowers are in tight formation.  However, it lacks ligulate corollas and only tubular corollas which have 5 petals bloom from periphery to center.
The leaf releases a scent resembling an apple when touching it or crumpling it, and it has another Japanese name, Ringo-azami (meaning apple-like thistle).  It is also called Brazilian button flower owing to the flower's appearance.
Classification: Asteraceae Centratherum
Scientific name: Centratherum punctatum
Japanese name: Murasaki-rusyan
English Name: Larkdaisy
Native locality: From the West Indies to the Central and South America
Ecological description: Half-hardy perennial
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Planting place: East Flowers and Ornamental Plants Greenhouse
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