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Zeltnera venusta
About Canchalagua (Zeltnera venusta) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Zeltnera venusta is a species of flowering plant in the gentian family known by the common name charming centaury and canchalagua. This centaury is native to California and southern Oregon, where it grows in many habitats up to elevations around 1300 meters. It is an annual wildflower rarely reaching half a meter in height. The pointed oval leaves grow opposite on the thin stems. The inflorescence is tipped with one or more showy star-shaped flowers, each with a white-centered magenta (rarely all-white) corolla about 2 centimeters wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 3, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry places

Annual Precipitation: 3.0" - 73.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 2.74", Coldest Month: 24.6" - 60.3", Hottest Month: 45.5" - 89.6", Humidity: 0.94" - 40.45", Elevation: -221" - 11310"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Centaurium venustum
Common Names: Charming Centaury

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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