Synonym/s: American Basket-flower, American Star-thistle, Basket-flower, Star Thistle, Shaving Brush, Basket Flower
Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map (hover for ecoregion names)
Native Habitat: Grassland, Woodland
Central Great Plains, Chihuahuan Deserts, Cross Timbers, East Central Texas Plains, Edwards Plateau, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, High Plains, Southern Texas Plains, Southwestern Tablelands, Texas Blackland Prairies, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Spring: thin, transplant. Late Feb: remove dead above-ground material.
Has a sweet, honey fragrance and makes brilliant cut flowers. The plant resembles the thistles but lacks their prickly characteristics. This is a showy, easily cultivated wildflower. Attracts butterflies; birds feast on the relatively large seeds. Self-sows moderately. Seed commercially available.