Scientific Name: 
Echinacea Paradoxa
This coneflower is the only Echinacea to have yellow flowers instead of the usual purple flowers. It primarily occurs on glades and prairies in the Ozark regions of Missouri and Arkansas. It features large, daisy-like flowers with drooping yellow to orange-yellow petals and very large, coppery-brown to chocolate-brown central cones. Best flower display is mid-June to mid-July. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter and, if flower heads are not removed, are often visited by goldfinches who perch on or just below the blackened cones to feed on the seeds. Goldfinches are often seen perched on this cone during the fall and winter months feeding while other birds use the plant for nesting. Echinacea derives from the Greek word "echinos" meaning hedgehog in reference to its spiny, seed filled center cone. Photo by: D. Griffin