Rock Centaury Centaurium beyrichii
Gentian family — Gentianaceae
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You might also call the mountain pink the "double-take plant"! Seeing what look like perfect little pink bouquets growing on the sunniest bare hard soil or rock, just as the first heat of the central Texas summer begins, it is hard to believe that someone didn't just put them there to fool you. Their appearance is the harbinger of hot weather to come.
Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)
Flowering Months: May, June, July
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