Dracopsis amplexicaulis (Vahl) Cass. - Clasping Coneflower
Family - Asteraceae
Flowering - May - July.
Habitat - Fields, open-disturbed sites, roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout much of central Alabama. The plant is easy to identify because of its clasping leaves and columnar disk inflorescence.
Photographs taken off Hwy 21 near Selma, AL., 6-4-05.