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basket flower

a composite plant, Centaurea americana, of central U.S. to Mexico, having raylike heads of tubular rose-colored flowers, each surrounded by a whorl of bracts making the flower head appear as if it is set in a basket. Unabridged
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(Centaurea americana), annual garden flower of the family Asteraceae, native to southwestern North America. The basket-flower has oblong leaves and rose-coloured, compact heads of disk flowers that appear to be in baskets because the ray flowers around the head are enlarged. The name basket-flower also is used for a species of spider lily (Hymenocallis) of another family

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