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.