American Basket Flower (Centaurea americana)
Description: American basket-flower is a 1 1/2-5 ft. annual with a stout, leafy, much-branched stem and lavender-pink, filamentous flower heads with cream-colored centers. The flower heads are 4-5 in. wide and are subtended by fringed bracts. The plant looks similar to the thistles but lacks their prickly characteristics
The name basket flower refers to the stiff, straw-colored bracts just beneath the flower head, which are divided at the tip into long, sharp teeth.
Synonym(s): American Basket-flower, American Star-thistle, Basket-flower, Star Thistle, Shaving Brush, Basket Flower
USDA Symbol: CEAM2
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom Color: White, Pink
Bloom Time: May, Jun
Water Use: Low
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Bloom Notes: Has a sweet, honey fragrance and makes brilliant cut flowers. The plant resembles the thistles but lacks their prickly characteristics. This is a showy, easily cultivated wildflower.
Missing Images: Plant, Leaf, Fruit-Seed
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