Stem & leaves have dense gray hairs that can be rubbed off I give plant a "downy" feel.
Called “ashy” because gray hair covered leaves are similar in color to ash-covered leaves after a fire.
Flower heads grow 2 1/2 to 4 in. across on long stalks.
Flower heads follow the path of the sun during the day from morning to night.
15 to 30 yellow petal flowers per plant.
Preferred habitat is prairie.Native Americans used a tea from plant as a fever reducer, stems to treat malaria, seeds were cracked & eaten as snacks, & ground seed was made into flour for breads, cakes, mush or mixed with beans, squash, & corn.
Native Americans made purple dye from plant for textile, body paints, & other decorations.
Oil from seed was used for bread & on the skin and hair.
Plant parts used medicinally for snake bites & other body ointments.
Flowers provide nectar for bees and butterflies.
Seeds are important food source for birds and mammals.