American Basketflower

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Centaurea americana, commonly called American starthistle or American basketflower, is an annual native to the southern central United States and northeastern Mexico. Its common name comes from the underside of the inflorescence, which has a basket weave pattern on it and on the flowerbuds.

The best time to plant American Basketflower is in the fall, from August to November. This is because American Basketflower seeds have a high dormancy rate, which means they need to go through a cold period before they will germinate. Planting the seeds in the fall allows them to experience this cold period and germinate in the spring.


American Basketflower
Centaurea americana
American Basketflower

Direct sow in late fall or early spring, planting basket flower seeds thinly and 1/2" deep. In the spring, keep the soil moist after sowing; germination should occur within 7-10 days. To start indoors, plant three or four Centaurea Americana seeds 1/2" below the surface in individual peat pots.

Common Name(s): Basket Flower
Botanical Name Centaurea americana
Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Annual
Mature Size: 2-5ft. tall, 2-3 ft. wide
Soil Type: Sandy, loamy, clay
Sun Exposure: Full
Bloom Time: Spring, summer
Flower Color(s): Pink, purple, white
Hardiness Zones: 3-9 (USDA)
Native Area: North America
Stratification? No
Germination: 1 to 3 weeks
Invasive? No

Centaurea americana, commonly known as American basketflower, is native to the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin



I love Native Sunflowers in my home garden and landscape.

Mary Hoggins
Tyler, Texas

Last year in the Fall, I collected a lot of seeds I planted this year.

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Dallas, Texas

They really added a big splash of color to the front of my house garden bed. Love them!

Audrey Long
Mobile, Alabama

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