What flower is that?

Camphor False Golden-Aster, Camphorweed plant Camphor False Golden-Aster, Camphorweed flowers

Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2017

December’s mystery plant is rarely found in New England.  Haines lists CT as the only state where it has been recorded in New England.  But it can be found in RI as well. This plant grows to about 3 feet tall and has alternate entire leaves . The flowers have bright yellow rays on the margin while the central disc flowers are orange.  The stems of the plant are very hairy and the leaves less so. This plant grows in sandy soil and blooms in August and September.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Heterotheca subaxillaris
Common Name:
  Camphor False Golden-Aster, Camphorweed
Family:
  Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Habitat:
  Dry, sandy or gravelly soil

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