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Ratibida pinnata

Previously known as:

  • Rudbeckia pinnata
Phonetic Spelling
ruh-TIBB-ih-duh pih-NAY-tuh
Description

Yellow Coneflower is a rhizomatous perennial herb native to central and eastern USA in the aster family. It is found growing in fields, prairies and dry open woods. It will grow up to 5 feet tall and the large yellow flowers attract many pollinators. Blooms most of the summer. The specific epithet is in reference to the pinnate leaves.

Yellow Coneflower prefers clay loam to sandy loam soils in full sun and is adaptable to dry to moist conditions and various soils. It is very easy to grow in full sun to partial shade. It is drought and poor soil tolerant so don't overwater or over-fertilize.

Use this plant in the pollinator or wildflower garden in the back border in masse, in naturalized areas, meadows or open woodland. Locate near other tall plants to provide support or may need to be staked. Can be reliably propagated from seed or clumps can be divided.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant problems. 

 

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
HOA Butterfly Garden in Brunswick County
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sunglow'
'Sunglow'
Tags:
#drought tolerant#yellow flowers#long bloom time#wildflower garden#poor soils tolerant#border back#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#nectar plant midsummer#bee friendly#pollinator garden#wildflower
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sunglow'
'Sunglow'
Tags:
#drought tolerant#yellow flowers#long bloom time#wildflower garden#poor soils tolerant#border back#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#nectar plant midsummer#bee friendly#pollinator garden#wildflower
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ratibida
    Species:
    pinnata
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South East Canada to U.S.A
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , CT , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MI , MN , MO , MS , NE , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators, especially bees. Host plant to Silvery Checkerspot butterfly as well as some moths. Goldfinches will eat the seeds.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Seeds are formed in the disc flowers
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Up to 13 extremely reflexed yellow petals are 1-3 inches long and surround an oblong, grayish center with many disc florets; anise scent when bruised. Blooms early to late summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Entire
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Pinnately divided glandular leaves with 3 to 7 segments and may be further divided. Margins may be slightly dentate or entire and have stiff whitish hairs. The largest basal leaves are up to 8 inches long and 5 inches across. Stem leaves are smaller and sparse.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Tall slender slightly ridged stems with hairs.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Poor Soil