I'm told that this plant was originally
a prairie species that spread to grow all over.
Good for it, because it's pretty when in bloom and
easy to miss before getting there. It is an
opportunistic plant that has learned to grow
quickly and make a big show of it's reproduction to
get more of its kind out there. To do so, the first
year it concentrates on leaves, and then the second
year, the flowers.
Ray flowers such as this emphasize the fact that
bees and other pollinating insects need to be shown
with advertising where to land. It probably has an
UV pattern that accentuates this even more.
American Indians boiled the root for a tea,
taken internally, that thwarted colds and expelled
worms. The tea was also used topically for sores,
snakebites and swelling. Mashed up juice was
reported to be used for earaches, but i'm not going
to try that unless i'm desperate (it could happen).
Note: Some people have reported a contact
sensitivity to this plant.
Makes a very pretty cut flower that has a
vase-life of 6-10 days.