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|Habitat:||part shade, sun; dry; prairies, rocky open woods, along roads and railroads|
|Bloom season:||May - August|
|Plant height:||6 to 18 inches|
|USDA PLANTS database:||Minnesota county distribution map|
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Flowers are in a (more or less) flat cluster at the top of the plant. Individual flowers are orange-yellow, ½ inch across, and tubular with 5 rounded petal-like lobes that flare out at the end. The stamens are hidden inside the tube. The bracts at the base of the tube are narrow, less than ¼ inch long, and covered in long hairs. Plants may be branched near the top, with a cluster at the end of each branch.
Leaves are up to 2½ inches long and to ½ inch wide, with a blunt point at the tip and no leaf stem. The underside is very hairy; the upperside feels more smooth. The main stem is covered in long, soft, gray hairs.
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Photos taken at Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton, MN May 2008
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