Centaurea bella, also known as elegant Centaurea, is a small, dry-soil plant that forms an attractive, dense cushion. Its creeping stems root into the soil, enabling the plant to form a good evergreen ground cover over time. Its hairy, grey-green foliage is accompanied in spring by pretty, light-lilac-pink pompons borne on stiff stems. Particularly frugal, sober and low-maintenance. The nectar-rich flowers are attractive to butterflies.