The yellow coneflower, otherwise known as prairie coneflower or gray-headed coneflower is a common wild, prairie plant. When you see these long slender stems protruding through the meadows at four feet tall, they tend to leave a lasting impression. Their slightly rigid and broken yet delicate appearance is unlike any other flower you have ever seen.
The basal leaves of the yellow coneflower are quite irregular-shaped and are only found near the very bottom of the stem. Of course, these unique leaves are often overlooked by their viewers since the flower enjoys growing amongst other tall, messy greenery that hides their intriguing leaves. The larger leaves on the plant are divided into three to seven lobes and then they are often subdivided as well into one or two secondary lobes. The smaller leaves that are up slightly higher on the stem are very few in numbers and not present on all plants. When you do stumble across them, you will notice that they feel rough due to bumps and an abundance of tiny stiff hairs all over them.