Know Your Natives – Basketflower

Centaurea americana is a lovely annual wildflower which really attracts butterflies, bees and other flying critters.

Centaurea americanaThe common name is Basketflower, because of the phyllaries (modified leaves) that surround the flower head base.

Centaurea americana - BasketflowerBasketflower grows from 24 inches to 60 inches and reseeds readily.

Photos and article by ANPS member MaryAnn King.

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