Nov. 8, 2017

tall elephantsfoot, Elephantopus elatus

If you get close to these, you can see why the author of this scientific name was elated. And I wonder if he wasn't a little puzzled at first. This flower head just doesn't look much like another member of the vast and varied aster family. We're used to seeing densely flowered, symmetrical heads on anything related to daisies. But these inch wide heads flower more randomly. Could this give us an idea what the family looked like in the early days, before so much organization evolved? No Fibonacci numbers to see here! Large elephantsfoot grows in partial shade, often in sandy soil, in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, and SC. Polk Co FL, 10/21/15.