Centaurea diffusa Lam. (ITIS)
Diffuse knapweed, white knapweed, spreading knapweed, tumble knapweed
Acosta diffusa (Lam.) (ITIS)
Eastern Mediterranean region (Winston et al. 2012)
1800s (Wolfson et al. 2005)
Introduced accidentally through contaminated seed (Zouhar 2001)
Reduces agricultural yields and forage values; crowds out native species (Winston et al. 2012)
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
Council or Task Force
State and Local Government
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Centaurea diffusa. [Accessed Aug 27, 2023].
Winston, R., M. Schwarzlander, C.B. Randall, and R. Reardon. 2012. Biology and biological control of knapweeds [PDF, 45.4 MB] (FHTET-2011-05) U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
Wolfson, B.A., T.E. Kolb, C.H. Sieg, and K.M. Clancy. 2005. Effects of post-fire conditions on germination and seedling success of diffuse knapweed in northern Arizona. Forest Ecology and Management 216(1-3):342-358.
Zouhar, K. 2001. Centaurea diffusa. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.