Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

American basket flower

Centaurea americana
Plant Type: Annuals
Native Environment: Prairie, Glade
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

2 to
5
feet

Spread:

1 to
2
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
5
feet
Spread: 1 to
2
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
5
feet
Spread: 1 to
2
feet
Typical Landscape Use
A lovely addition to a sunny location that gives summer-long color. Goldfinches eat the seeds!
Establishment and Care Instructions
Sow seed in April in a sunny position.Does not need good/rich soil, any well drained soil in full sun will yield lots of flowers.
Basic Description

Basket flower is an easy to grow annual with flowers that have a cream-colored center with bright purple edges. They close at night. There is an interwoven pattern below the petals, thus the common name. Flowers are produced from May to July.

Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower

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