[Members of the Sunflower Family with Flower Heads like Sunflowers or Daisies East of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Orange Sneezeweed , Owl's-claws

Hymenoxys hoopesii

Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii

Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii)

Orange sneezeweed as seen blooming along the Steens Mountain South Loop Road..........August 31, 2011.

Characteristics:

The large flat flower heads have a wide orangish central disk surrounded by 13-21 yellow-orange ray flowers. Leaves are long and narrow, alternate, with a base that does not extend along the stem. Plants to 3 feet tall. Flowers from June into August.


Habitat:

Orange sneezeweed is a wildflower of meadows, streamsides, moist open slopes and open woods in the mountains,from 1800-3350 meters in elevation.


Range:

Orange sneezeweed may be found from western Montana and Wyoming westward to the Steens Mt. of southeastern Oregon and south to New Mexico and California.


Close-up of the involucral bracts of Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii) - Close-up of the flower head of Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii)

Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii)

Additional close-up photos of orange sneezeweed as seen along the North Loop Road several hundred meters downhill from the seeps at the head of Fish Creek, Steens Mountain, Harney County, Oregon........August 31, 2011.

Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii)

Orange sneezeweed seen amongst early snow patches along the west rim of Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain..........September 19, 2015.

Flower heads of Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii) - Involucral bracts of Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii)

Close-up views of the flower heads and involucral bracts of orange sneezeweed as seen at the Rooster Comb, the Steens Mt, Harney County, OR.........June 20, 2004.

Leaf of Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii)

The photo above shows a basal leaf of orange sneezeweed as seen at the Rooster Comb, the Steens Mt, Harney County, OR........June 20, 2004.

Orange Sneezeweed, Owl's-claws: Hymenoxys hoopesii (Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii)

The photo above shows orange sneezeweed as seen from the Rooster Comb, the Steens Mt, Harney County, OR........June 20, 2004.

Paul Slichter