PlantsPlectocephalus→American Basket-Flower (Plectocephalus americanus)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Plectocephalus americanus Accepted
Centaurea americana Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Plant Height: 2 to 5 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bi-Color: Lavender pink with white center
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ


Photo gallery:
By _Bleu_
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By Joy
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Location: Medina Co., TexasDate: Late SpringBasket Flower
By LindaTX8
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Location: West Bexar Co., TexasDate: May 31, 2013Basketflowrs along the road
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Location: Cattail Marsh, Beaumont Date: 2019-06-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-01-31Select Seeds
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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Mar 29, 2016 2:04 PM

Not to be confused with American Basket-Flower (Plectocephalus americanus) which has C. americana Spreng. as a synonym.
At present this plant's name is unresolved.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Trying to identify a flower by Blhhawk Jul 16, 2018 5:25 PM 2
What do you think? It makes no sense to me! by LindaTX8 May 8, 2016 5:53 PM 11
Basket Flower (Centaurea melitensis) by HamiltonSquare Apr 22, 2016 11:47 PM 12
Very confusing synonym? by gardengus Mar 29, 2016 5:50 PM 13

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