So I've been seeing this coming up all over the field:
Sometimes with white blossoms alongside cones.
Fuller plant view (shows another bud):
Here's the longest view to show the leafy stuff:
I call it a white coneflower, but ID unknown. I'll continue to observe it, and if I get more info, I'll post it here.
UPDATE 24 Jul 09
Hey, Googled bergamot site:ag.ndsu.edu
for something else and got this pdf:
Blooms of ND
Aha! I found more of my unknown plants in here.
This is a "Thimbleweed!"
Candle Anemone (Anemone cylindrica)
Ranunculaceae (The Crowfoot or Buttercup Family)
Also called "thimbleweed," "cottonweed," and "long-headed anemone"