maorlando (Angela)

maorlando (Angela)

Posted on 06/17/2015


Photo taken on June 16, 2015


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Aster
Texas Wildflower
Basket Flower


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Texas Wildflower

Texas Wildflower
Centaurea americana

Centaurea americana Nutt.
American basket-flower, American star-thistle,
Basket-Flower, Star thistle, Shaving brush
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: CEAM2
Centaurea americana has several common names including American Basket Flower, Star Thistle, Sweet Sultan, & Shaving Brush. Before the flower of Centaurea americana is fully open it resembles an old fashioned shaving brush, the area below the petals looks like a miniature basket. This annual plant is not prickly but derives the name Star-Thistle from the resemblance of the flowers to those of the true thistles. It reaches a height of about 2 feet and produces light green, narrow-lanceolate leaves and flat heads of fragrant lavender and white, composite flowers. American Basket Flower blooms in June and July, sometimes with favorable conditions blooming a second time in August. Centaurea americana Basket Flower has very hard seeds, seed germination may be improved by hard scarification (rub with coarse sandpaper)before planting. Native Centaurea americana plants occur naturally in rocky open woods, glades, bald knobs, roadsides and along railroads from Missouri and Kansas to Louisiana and west to Texas, Arizona, and Mexico; introduced in Illinois and eastward. It can be planted and will grow over most of the US.

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Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A very beautiful flower Angela, lovely pastel colours!
2 years ago.
Karl Wolfgang
Karl Wolfgang
A frilly lady in the Midwest. Happy to see you here :)
Karl
2 years ago.