Whorled Rosinweed, Silphium trifoliatum
Asteraceae or Sunflower Family

Plant Sunflowerlike plant, 3 to 5 feet tall. Flowerheads with several yellow ray flowers, and several tubular orange disc flowers, rather untidy-looking. Buds almost spherical, shiny and sticky. Most leaves in whorls of 3 or 4. Blooms in midsummer.

Native. In wildwood prefers woodland borders; fairly common along Wildwood Drive and the bikeway.

Many sunflower-like plants occur in Wildwood, but this one is easy to identify. Key characters are the untidy head, the sticky spherical buds, and the leaves in threes or fours.