The inside of the outer part is a soft brown in our plants, but in the images at the wildflower research center, a rich maroon. The flower parts in the center are pale shell pink.
The beast today is a new leaf-footed bug--thousands of them were all over the "grass yucca" (my name for it, not the right one) in the west grass. This is the eastern leaf-footed bug, Leptoglossus phyllopus, with its neat white "belt." The individual bugs are ugly enough, but there were masses of them--piled three deep in places--among the yucca flowers--and that was definitely ugly.