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Centaurea americana Nutt.

Annual with thin, lance-shaped, usually entire leaves and rose to purplish or white flowerheads, to 7.5cm across.  To 90cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1824.  [JD].  FS f.327/1848.

History at Camden Park

Seed order to Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London, on 8th April 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.132].


Centaurea americana Spreng. (1824) = Centaurea melitensis L., from Europe.

Published Sep 14, 2009 - 05:15 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 04:14 PM

Figured are leaves and a mauve-pink flower with numerous ray florets.  Flore des Serres f.327, 1848.

Centaurea americana Nutt. | FS f.327/1848 | CSIRO Black Mountain Library, Canberra

Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

North America

Common Name

Basket flower, American star thistle

Name in the Camden Park Record

Centaurea americana 

Confidence level high