Upright Prairie Coneflower
(
Ratibida columnifera)

Upright prairie coneflower is also called Mexican hat; the petals range from solid orange to solid mahogany to a combination of both.  Bees and butterflies feast on the nectar and pollen.  The large stands behind the Center flourish because deer avoid grazing on it (deer come to the stream to drink in early evening.)

Native Americans brewed a tea from the leaves and stems as a cure for headache and stomachache.  The Cheyenne used the tea to treat rattlesnake bite and poison ivy.