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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.


 

 

 

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