Purple-flowered Sneezeweed (Helenium flexuosum)

Purple-flowered Sneezeweed:
Poisonous to Cattle

By William T. Hathaway

The neutral yellow ray flowers of this species (Helenium flexuosum) separate it from the similar Purple-flowered Sneezeweed which has fertile yellow ray flowers. Also, the three lobes of the yellow ray flowers distinguish sneezeweeds from the black-eyed susan and other coneflowers.

From May thru October this species may be found in moist fields and ditches. Scattered throughout Pittsylvania County, the plant is known to be poisonous to grazing cattle.

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