Meaning of basket flower

bas'ket flow"er

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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.
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