This plant found growing at a quota of 1100 m. on a grass verge along a dirt track in the Italian Appenines. The flower has passed it's prime which may make identification rather more difficult
SOLVED: Could this be Centaurea jacea?
Hoping that a member might be able to identify this species of Centaurea.
Not Centaurea jacea in which leaf bases are not decurrent. Above plant has leaves longer, distinctly decurrent on stem, making stem almost winged. C. montana is closer, but leaves above are much more longer.
To all members who have contributed to the identification of the Centaurea. It has been identified as Centaurea triumfettiby the Botanical Garden of Univ. Camerino. Best wishes to all
Dear Singh45, The Centaurea has been identified as Cyanus triumfetti or Centaurea triumfetti. Many thanks for your help.