Found primarily in coastal prairies of southeast Texas and Louisiana, the Texas coneflower (Rudbeckia texana) — one of several yellow coneflowers known as ‘Marguerite’ in Acadiana — often forms dense, colorful colonies.
Like many Texans, it seems to dislike our hot, simmering summers. After blooming in late spring, it rests until September, then blooms again through the fall.
This photo from the Brazoria Wildlife Refuge was taken in May. The flowers have begun to appear again along roadsides in east Texas, so a reappearance at the Refuge may be in the offing — just in time to provide a little fall color.