D242-2012 Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum (with a bonus bee and a teensy weensy fly or two)
Family Asteraceae . . . Native to North America.
Related plants (same genus): Cup Plant, Compass Plant, Rosinweed
On the tall grass prairie, the Silphium plants say 'Summer' every bit as much as sunflowers do.
Keep in mind that these blooms were 8-10 feet in the air.
Tall Grass Prairie at Secor Park, Toledo, Ohio.
August 30, 2012