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If you are looking for golden blooms all summer long, Ratibida pinnata (Yellow Coneflower) will not disappoint you. Tall, this slender Coneflower features showy daisy blossoms with drooping, golden-yellow rays, 3 in. long (7 cm), surrounding a prominent, roundish to ellipsoid, gray central disk that turns brown as it matures. When bruised, the disk exudes a scent reminiscent of anise. This beautiful ensemble rises atop stiff, upright, hairy stems and a healthy foliage of pinnately divided, coarse leaves.
Yellow Coneflower is native to dry prairies and savannas. It has stiff and rough-feeling coarse leaves, and showy yellow flowers which have droopy soft yellow rays. The cone-like green centers eventually change to a dark purple or brown. Many insects are attracted to this plant such as butterflies and bees. It grows and transplants very easily, is drought-tolerant, and makes an excellent cut flower. Yellow Coneflower grows best in full sun to partial shade, and medium to dry-medium soil conditions. It blooms approximately from July to September. There are many good native companions for Ratibida pinnata blooming at the same time such as Wild Bergamot, Anise Hyssop, and many of the prairie grasses. Other common names are Drooping Coneflower, Pinnate Prairie Coneflower, Weary Susan, Grayhead Coneflower and Grey-headed Coneflower.
Ratibida pinnata, commonly called Yellow Coneflower, is native to prairies and savannas throughout the midwest. A tall slender plant with rough leaves and stem, yellow coneflower has a cheerful, airy quality - the daisy like flowers have soft yellow rays that flutter in the breeze. The central disk, or cone starts out green and turns brown as it matures. Amazingly durable, this classic prairie flower blooms profusely from early summer to early fall, and survives heat, drought and flooding. Yellow Coneflower is easy to grow from seed or transplants, in almost any soil.Ratibida pinnata, commonly called Yellow Coneflower, is native to prairies and savannas throughout the midwest. A tall slender plant with rough leaves and stem, yellow coneflower has a cheerful, airy quality - the daisy like flowers have soft … (Source: www.prairienursery.com)