Self-seeding Annual American Basket Flower - CENTAURA americana. 36-48" tall, full sun, mid-summer bloom. Blooms have creamy centers ringed by lavender, pink or purple petals. The unique basket shaped base is comprised of stiff, straw-colored bracts just beneath the flower head. The plant looks similar to a thistle but lack their prickly characteristics. Basket flowers are annuals in colder areas of the country, but they will reseed themselves freely. In warmer climes they will behave like perennials and the same plant will produce blooms again the next year. Zones 6-9. Potted in 3" pots.