Sep. 21, 2021

prairie coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

This may be called prairie, pinnate, grayhead or yellow coneflower. It is a true prairie lover, so that name seems best to me. It is well adapted to high-grass prairies. It stands as high as those big grasses so the pollinators have no trouble finding it. The stems are flexible, producing an effect that looks as if the flowers are waving to attract the passing bees, or perhaps the human eye. Can you see these waving at you? Prairie coneflower grows in AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, and ON. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 7/8/10. Aster family, Asteraceae.