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Helenium flexuosum (Helenium nudiflorum)
The very dark-colored disk distinguishes purple-headed sneezeweed from other species of sneezeweed, which have yellow-green disks. (See the sneezeweed page.) On all sneezeweeds, the yellow ray petals have three lobes -- these distinguish sneezeweeds from black-eyed susan and other yellow coneflowers.
Purple-headed sneezeweed was originally a southern species, but it has been spreading into Connecticut and northern New England.
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
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