Close up of Prairie Coneflower

This delicate yellow coneflower stands between 2 and 5 feet tall. Look for a small and dark flower head that looks like an oval button measuring 1.5-3" wide with narrow yellow petals radiating out and drooping downward. There aren't many leaves on the hairy stalk, but near the ground the leaves are deeply divided and clustered. You'll also find them growing in fields and dry open woodlands.

Native Americans used this plant for its yellow-orange dye made from the blossoms. The leaves and blossoms also make tea when brewed.