UNIQUE FLOWER: Laurie Kephart of Turtlepoint shared a unique discovery with The Era newsroom this week.
Kephart enjoys picking wildflowers to bring home and use as a table centerpiece. During a recent excursion to pick Brown-eyed Susans, Kephart found a flower with two heads and one stem.
The unique flower has its own place of honor in a vase.
The flowers were growing wild near the road on Annin Creek, not on anyone’s private property. Kephart was hesitant to pick the flower, but she wanted to share its unique features with her husband, and she was also kind enough to send us a photo of the standout flower.
The brown-eyed susan is one of the common names of the Rudbeckia triloba, an herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial that is native to the prairies of the eastern and Midwestern US. The flower is naturalized in open woods and old fields and can also grow on rocky slopes.
It is also known as the branched coneflower, thin-leaved coneflower and three lobed coneflower. Plants burst into bloom in late summer through fall, or until a hard frost.