Cone Flowers

The Gray-headed Coneflower is a mid-summer field flower with a large seed head and thirteen petals that hang down nearly touching the stem. Only one bloom per stem.

Can you see a little black and yellow butterfly on one bloom? Notice the caterpillar shaped tufts on the grass stems around the flowers.
Notice how after the petals fall the seed head stays intact on the stem until it has dried sufficiently. Birds eat the seeds and the wind scatters the rest away to reseed themselves across the parcel of prairie.
 
The heavy seed heads and the thin stems cause many of the flowers to overturn and hang upside down like dancers in a yellow skirts taking bows at the end of a performance. 

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