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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Achoooo!





Sneezeweed (Helenium puberulum)


Found in wet areas along Westshore Road close to Campbell Cove.  I liked the description of this species at the Thompson & Morgan website:  "Autumn Lollipop boasts heads of rustic yellow and bronze with a small basal frill of ruffled petals. Highly ornate and also an extremely original cut flower."  The dried and powdered petals and leaves apparently produce intense sneezing (although I can't yet speak from experience!).

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