Tetragonotheca helianthoides L. - Squarehead
Family - Asteraceae
Non-expanded flower head.
Disk flowers close-up.
Flowering - April - July.
Habitat - Sandhills, open sandy woods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This striking species can be found in the southern half of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its ascending, hairy stems, opposite leaves, big yellow flower heads, and four involucre bracts. The bracts form a pyramid-shaped "bud" before opening and exposing the flower head within. This species is certainly worthy of cultivation and requires little care once established.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 5-6-05.