Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Green Wizard'
The majority of coneflowers are bright, blousy affairs that glow, like the sun drenched prairies they inhabit.
This one is a little bit different. It's green. Not strictly a flower but technically involucral bracts. The cone in the middle is dark brown from which the green 'petals' radiate in a rather stiff and formal way. It almost looks like the colourful bits have just fallen off.
Bit weird but a flower arranger's dream. These cut and dry superbly and the oddness is always a talking point.
Photo: Rhododendrites, from Wikimedia Commons
Green, dark brown centres
Moist, well drained
Full sun, partial shade
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