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American Basket-flower Centaurea americana


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American Basket-flower
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Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

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.

Flower May - August.

Flower May - August

Habitat Prairies, pastures and roadsides.

Range Wisconsin and e. Kansas, south to Arkansas, Texas, e. Arizona, and n. Mexico.

Discussion This is a showy, easily cultivated wildflower.

Comments This is a showy, easily cultivated wildflower.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution S.w. Missouri & e. Kansas, s. to Louisiana, e. Arizona & n. Mexico

Site Preference Prairies, pastures & roadsides

Soil Preference Dry to mesic soils.