Basketflower!!

Yesterdays mystery brown bud belongs to Centaurea macrocephala! Surprise! It is yellow! This plant is also called Armenian Basketflower, or just plain old Basketflower, other common names are Yellow Hardhead, and Globe Knapweed.

I love the way the bud looks like a basket all intricate and woven, then all of a sudden the yellow bloom (which is technically an inflorescence not a bloom) pops out the top! It is a perennial plant, zones 3 to 9, likes full sun, it is drought tolerant and it will self sow if it is happy. It attracts birds, bees and butterflies. This plants foliage is not glamorous, in fact it is down right homely foliage. It is a fairly large plant, and can grow to be five feet tall..mine are not that tall. I grew this plant years ago, it did not sell well until it was in bloom in the display gardens…then it headed out the doors. I always enjoyed growing strange plants that you couldn’t find anyplace else. I have always been a tad weird. The strange thing is.. I am very comfortable with my own weirdness.

Top view of the inflorescence of the Basketflower.

The "Digging Lady" has not returned, or called, I certainly can’t call her.. cause I shredded her phone number in a fit of anger. A few people have been by to see the beautiful Erigeron that "Digging Lady" wants..and I will share with them. Someone who I gave birth to said "What if she reads your blog..you have way more guts than me." I doubt if "Digging Lady" ever stops talking long enough to read anything. I don’t give a rats butt ( you could insert a three letter word here, hint.. it starts with an A and might have a few S’es) if she does read my blog. I still think she is a pushy old gal and I would tell her that if I could get a word in edgewise. She might suffer from what I call diarrhea of the mouth, it happens to people that love to hear the sound of their own voice all the time. It is really crappy, and those kind of people never have many friends:)

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4 Responses to Basketflower!!

  1. TechnoBabe says:

    Your being a tad weird as you say is one of the things we admire, besides your knowledge as the plant lady. I have been learning so much here as well as the entertaining snarky things you squeeze in once in awhile.

  2. Shirley H. says:

    Could hardly wait to see what kind of flower that was! The blossom is lovely despite the strange foliage. I am learning so much about flower both domestic and wild, from you. Thanks for the education.

  3. buffalogal says:

    Can you e mail me and tell me where you got your wildflowers for your wild garden? I have strewn wildflower seeds from those cans of seeds you can buy at seed places but yours seem to be more special…..is there a source for such exotic wildflowers?????? (When you have time you can e mail)
    I have harvested lupine seeds and they are now drying on my Hytte table!!! I am going to have a lot of them and will plant some more lupines in other spots next spring or early this fall….what is your advice on planting lupine seeds????
    You are now my plant Guru!!!!

  4. Ann says:

    Some one enter these in the fair today in Becker County. What funn to have seen yours first. You should have gotten a blue ribbon!