Common Name: Diffuse knapweed
Latin Name: Centaurea diffusa Lam.
Reviewer: Monica Chandler
Affiliation/Organization: Minnesota Department of Agriculture
File #: MDARA00040DIFK_8_24_2014
Review Entity - Outcome:
Diffuse knapweed is commonly a biennial but it can complete its lifecycle as an annual or be a short-lived perennial. It reproduces quickly by seed. Once established diffuse knapweed can form a monoculture and overtake large areas. Resulting infestations can reduce forage and wildlife habitat.
Jacobs, Jim and S. Sing. 2008. Ecology and Management of Diffuse Knapweed (Centaurea diffusa Lam.). USDA-NRCS Invasive Species Technical Note N. MT-20.
Wilson, L.M., and C.B. Randall. 2003. Biology and Biological Control of Knapweed. USDA-Forest Service FHTET-2001-07. 2nd Edition.