Yellow Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata

 

Note Leaves: Deeply dissected, with 3 to 7 sharply-pointed,  rather fly-away- looking segments!

Note drooping, yellow rays (“petals”).

The species is sometimes called the “Gray-Headed Coneflower”

because . . . sometimes the flower heads do look Grayish.

    “Identification of this unique plant is easy due to its rather ragged appearance, gray-green deeply dissected basal leaves, drooping yellow ray flowers, and a central head of greenish-gray disk flowers.”

  — Russell R. Kirt, Prairie Plants of the Midwest, p.30.