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Grey-headed Coneflower Ratibida 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.

Yellow Coneflower prefers clay loam to loam soils in full sun but 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 native or pollinator garden in the back border, in naturalized areas, meadows or open woodland.

 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sunglow'
'Sunglow'
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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sunglow'
'Sunglow'
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ratibida
    Species:
    pinnata
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South East Canada to U.S.A
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators, especially bees. Host plant to Silvery Checkerspot butterfly as well as some moths. Goldfinches will eat the seeds.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
  • 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)
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • 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 Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    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. 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
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Poor Soil