Taxon: Plectocephalus americana (Nutt.) D. Don

Genus: Plectocephalus
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Subfamily: Carduoideae
Tribe: Cardueae
Subtribe: Centaureinae
Nomen number: 463127
Place of publication: R. Sweet, Brit. fl. gard. ser. 2, 1(= 4): t. 51. 1830
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 11-May-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 02-May-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

  • American basket-flower  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • American star thistle  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • basket-flower  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • powderpuff thistle  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • thornless thistle  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • amerikanische Flockenblume  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • cardo del valle  (Source: F NAmer) - Spanish
  • jätteklint  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard, as Centaurea americana; Hortus 3, as Centaurea americana)

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • NORTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma]
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Arkansas, Louisiana]
    • SOUTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [New Mexico, Texas]
    • SOUTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Arizona]
    • NORTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas]
    • SOUTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Queretaro]

    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)

Check other web resources for Plectocephalus americana (Nutt.) D. Don :

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 21 June 2018.