Common Centaury is a pretty pink wildflower found in a wide range of habitats including chalk and limestone grassland as is the case at Elmswell. I always get a buzz when I find a new species on the farm for the first time, as was the case with this plant!
It is named after centaur Chiron, who according to legend, discovered it’s healing power and used it to cure himself from the effects of a poisoned arrow.
The plant is a natural meteorologis, as it closes with an overcast sky, or in damp weather. Another plant with this character is Scarlet Pimpenel.