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American Basket-flower

American Basket-flower
American Basket-flower

Flo Hannah

Centaurea americana

Alternate Name: American star-thistle

Family: (Asteraceae) Sunflower

Habitat: Dry prairies

Height: 1 1/2 to 5 ft.

Bloom Period: May - August

Description: This annual resembles thistles but lacks spines. It likes dry habitats with sun or part shade.

The Wildlife Connection: The blooms are very attractive to butterflies, bees, and other insects. Many species of birds, including bobwhites and sparrows, relish the seeds.

Propagation Tips: Plants reseed on their own. Harvest seeds from dried flower heads to propagate. Easily grown. You can also purchase American basket-flower seeds from Native American Seed.