About This Species
Mountain bluet (Perennial cornflower, Montane knapweed) is a popular garden perennial introduced from Europe; however, it easily escapes gardens and invades natural areas. This plant can self-seed, which makes it difficult to control. It also spreads through roots. Mountain bluet is found in meadows, pastures, roadsides and disturbed open areas. Mountain bluet is designated as a Management species by the BC Provincial Priority Invasive Species List.
How to Identify
Mountain bluet ranges from 30-80 cm in height. Fine hairs cover the stem.
Flowers are large, bright blue with a ray-like appearance and black fringe at the base and look a lot like knapweed flowers.
Leaves are 10-30 cm long, lance shaped, with a woolly underside.
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Prior to seed production, pulling, cutting, or mowing can be effective. If flowers are present, be sure to properly dispose of plants to ensure no more seeds are dispersed. Try to remove as much of the root as possible to discourage regrowth.
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