CAMDENTON, Mo. – Larry Webb is walking through a knee-high carpet of yellow, talking about fire. The yellow is a coneflower, Echinacea paradoxa, that is found only one place in the world, the open glades of the Ozarks.
The flowers are at their peak right now, Webb says. The field is a riot of colors, yellow flowers against green grasses. But there’s a catch: In order for Echinacea paradoxa to thrive, the ecosystem around it needs to burn.