American Basketflower - Centaurea americana

thistle3One of the showiest and most common wildflowers. Name is derived from the shape of the flower's bud. When closed, the bud looks much like a woven basket.

Location: Central Texas and many of the plains states.
Family: Aster with filamentous flowers that are easily seen.
Seeds: Too large to be carried by the wind. Harvest when flowers die back.
Conditions: Enjoys well-watered areas with full to medium sunlight.


Plants of the Lake Waco Wetlands
Photos: Courtesy of S. Peregrine Johnson