American basket flower (Centaurea americana) gets its common name from the intricate, overlapping scales that encircle the base of each powder-puff bloom, creating a basket-like effect. The large, thistle-like blooms, which close at night, typically have white centers surrounded by a purplish pink outer ring. I collected these seeds from plants that produced all-white flowers. They were growing near the purplish pink species, though, and pollinators happily visit both, so it’s possible that these seeds may produce a mix of the two colors. The blooms appear through summer atop stems that can top out anywhere from 2 to 5 feet tall (figure on the shorter side of that range in average soil and the taller side in rich, moist conditions). Full sun. Annual.
Collected in mid- to late August 2022. At least 15 seeds.
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