I will be anxious to find out what it is myself. We have it all over our place mostly at the edge of shady woods. I have gone through my books and a bunch of websites and cannot come up with an id. TTT
It was used medicinally by Native Americans, but I haven't found a complete chemical breakdown on it yet. Links anyone? Here is an interesting site with historical uses documented.
"Cherokee Drug (Emetic)
Iroquois Drug (Antiemetic)"
LOL I wonder who was right?
Here's an abstract from a study that concludes that it "may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory pain."
Mine never seem to get the pretty petals on them, the bugs are eating them.
Way to go Annie!!-since I posted the pics a wildlife biologist friend of mine id'd it as polymnia canadensis-this was a tough one to find for such a common plant at least in my area. Nature Lover our varieties appear to be identical. Here is a link to a MO page. Polymnia canadensis page