I got some nice feedback about the photo I posted on July 4th of some beautiful yellow flowers growing in our backyard. Since then, the blooms have multiplied and are apparently full of the butterfly equivalent of crack:
All day every day butterflies (and bees and hummingbirds) swarm around the prolific yellow blooms.
I’ve asked several people what sort of plant this is. The best guesses so far have been swamp daisies or some sort of sunflower. But neither of those seems exactly right, at least based on my amateur Google research. Each stalk is around eight feet tall, with large, jagged leaves that emerge from its sides. For most of its growth cycle, it looks like a weed on ‘roids. The flowers are daisy-like with numerous yellow petals around a dark orange center. It’s clearly a species that thrives in full sun. Last year the blooms weren’t nearly as impressive, but have improved since I removed the walnut saplings that surrounded it.
Can anybody ID this plant?