A beautiful little wildflower on our parking area downtown Bell Buckle. There is a pocket of yellow in the center of the lot.
We have hundreds of these on a hot dry area of property and I had a hard time identifying it but at the last moment I sneezed and the vision came to me "sneezeweed". (not from allergic properties)
Nah, not really. I just got lucky as I searched again. This variety probably never grows over 7", resembles daisies and according to this article it was actually introduced to North America from Mexico and the Southern States, not indigenous.
I know it is tough. Notice the gravel in the picture? It grows in a dry, hot area of land that has numerous cars parking on it at different times of the year. It is pretty enough to deserve a place in a garden, especially a rock garden.
http://www.seedaholic.com/helenium-amarum-goldfield.html According to this article, there are some that can reach 20". This might need a little better growing bed but still should be tough.
The article explains why it is called sneezeweed. Some other names are Bitterweed, Yellow bitterweed, Yellowdicks, Slender-leaved sneezeweed, Fine-leaved sneezweed, Yellow dog-fennel. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=HEAM
If it is bitter, you know it must have some medicinal value, but I have not found it yet. This second article says it is indigenous, so....take your pick.