Maximilian Sunflower, Texas Gayfeather. Pretty Perennials!
Maybe you have noticed or at least you will notice soon that this is the year for perennial plants! The flowers mentioned above are perennial flowers (come back from roots) that you are seeing or soon will see along roadsides or maybe in your pastures.
Maximilian sunflower is rare where cattle graze since they are a favorite of cattle and generally high in nutrition. Gayfeather is not as palatable except for wildlife but its showy blooms are all over the place in October. Look for them as you drive Texas’ back country roads.