American Basket Flower Seed
Star Thistle, Shaving Brush seed
(sen-TAR-ee-uh am-er-ih-KAH-nuh) or cen-TAW-ree-ah
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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Color||Height inches||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|sun to light shade||June/July||Lavender||24 to 60||dry to average||Annual|
Centaurea americana American Basket Flower, Star Thistle photo by cj
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Centaurea americana seed
Basket Flower seed
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several common names including American Basket Flower, Star
Thistle, Sweet Sultan, & Shaving Brush. Before the flower of Centaurea americana is fully open it resembles an old
fashioned shaving brush, the area below the petals looks like a miniature
basket. This annual plant is not prickly but derives the name
Star-Thistle from the resemblance of the flowers to those of the true thistles.
It reaches a height of about 2 feet and produces light green, narrow-lanceolate
leaves and flat heads of fragrant lavender and white, composite flowers. American Basket Flower blooms in June and July, sometimes with favorable
conditions blooming a second time in August.
Centaurea americana Basket Flower has very hard seeds, seed germination may be improved by hard scarification (rub with coarse sandpaper)before planting. Native Centaurea americana plants occur naturally in rocky open woods, glades, bald knobs, roadsides and along railroads from Missouri and Kansas to Louisiana and west to Texas, Arizona, and Mexico; introduced in Illinois and eastward.
The map below shows areas where annual wildflower Centaurea americana grows wild but it can be planted and will grow over most of the US.
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Centaurea americana American Basket Flower, Star Thistle picture
American basket-flower grows 18 to 60 inches tall and is a
showy native annual with a stout leafy much-branched stem and lavender-pink filamentous flower heads with cream-colored centers.
Centaurea americana flower heads are 3 to 5 in. wide and are subtended by fringed bracts. The plant looks similar to the thistles but lacks their prickly characteristics.
Basket Flower blooms attract butterflies and it's seeds are a winter food for dove and quail.
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. American Basket Flower has a sweet honey fragrance and makes brilliant cut flowers. This is a showy easily cultivated wildflower
American Basketflower, is native throughout most of North America.
American Basketflower gets itís name from the underneath side of the inflorescence because it has a basket weave pattern on it and the flowerbuds.
The pink petals look somewhat like a thistle with a cream colored center. The large blooms are 3 to 5" in diameter and are held from May until June. The plant can reach 5-6' tall and has rough 4" long lance-shaped leaves.