Cut-Leaf Coneflower

Can you find the praying mantis in this photo?

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Cut-Leaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) is also commonly known as green-headed coneflower.  The late summer native sunflower is in the aster family and occurs throughout most of the United States and typically found along forested streams, floodplains and wetland meadows.

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This perennial grows from 3 to 8-feet tall and is usually lanky in appearance.  The plant flowers in mid to later summer from early August into and through September.

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The yellow flower petals droop downward from the cone, and the cone starts out as being green-headed.  All parts of the leaves are poisonous to grazing mammals and therefore, the plant is deer resistant.

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The word laciniata means torn (lacerated), due to the divided nature of the leaves.

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I took these photos along the stream on my property in Clarksville, Howard County, MD (Piedmont).  This plant reliable flowers every summer.

 

 

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