Brazilian Button Flower
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Brazilian Button Flower
ntroduced Herb elliptic Photo: Tabish
Common name: Brazilian Bachelor's Button, Brazilian Button Flower, Larkdaisy, Porcupine Flower • Tamil: கேஸவதீநீ Kesavathini • Telugu: కేశవర్ధిని Kesavardhini
Botanical name: Centratherum punctatum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Centratherum muticum

Called Brazilian Button Flower, this bushy perennial is native to Brazil. Coming into bloom in a rather short period from seed, the lavender-blue, button flowers to 1-1/4 inches are long lasting and borne continually until frost. The flowers resemble tiny Canadian thistle flowers. The refreshing resinous pineapple scented foliage would be a good candidate for wreaths or potpourri. The plant mounds 2' high to 3' across. It will occasionally reseed itself.

Identification credit: Nandan Kalbag Photographed in Manipur & Tripura.

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