Backyard Prairie Flower ID of the week:
Common name; Engelmann’s daisy, Engelmann Daisy, Cutleaf Daisy
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Engelmannia pinnatifida
This perennial grows 2 foot tall with long-stalked, eight petaled flowers that open in late afternoon, then fold under in intense heat and sunlight the next day. They like dry feet. Yellow. Bloom time is March through July naturally.
The flowers are clustered and are about 1 1/2 inches across. Flowers are 1/2 inch long and are indented at the tip. The leaves are deeply cleft and toothed. Popular on roadsides and blooms well even in drought conditions such a as a prairie setting. Engelmannia is somewhat unusual in that it is a monotypic genus, meaning it contains one species. Named for botanist George Engelmann (1809-1884).