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Basket Flower - White
Basket Flower - White
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Basket Flower - White

Centaurea americana
This wonderful native annual flower boasts large, fluffy flowers that tickle your nose as you bend to inhale their sweet honey-like scent. Native basket flower is named after the straw-colored bracts encasing buds that are as intricately patterned as the etchings on Acoma pottery. The plant's branching habit produces many white flowers with cream centers measuring about 4 inches across that bloom from midsummer to fall. It is a beautiful addition to gardens and informal meadows and is lovely when cut for the vase.
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
48
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Half Hardy Annual
Mature Size
3-4' h x 2-2.5' w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Regular, well-drained
Season
Summer
Color
Fluffy white
Features
Great Cut Flower
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/4-1/2"
Sprout Time:
7-20 days
Seed To Bloom:
16 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Keep at 55-70°F. Retain moisture by covering with vermiculite or a humidity dome until germination occurs.
Starting Outdoors:
Sow outdoors after last frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After all danger of frost has passed.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Native basket flowers are striking in groups in the mid to back border and in meadow gardens where they attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. A wonderful cut flower with long strong stems and huge flowers. Provide good air circulation to keep foliage healthy.
Final Spacing:
1.5-2'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Drought tolerant once established. 1" of water per week initially, then water during dry spells.
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in about 1/2" of compost or an organic granular fertilizer in springtime.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid disease by placing in a location that has good air circulation.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when the flowers are just open.