Ratibida columnifera

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Common Name:  Long-headed Coneflower, Upright Prairie Coneflower

Full sun, medium to dry moisture, adapted to a wide range of soils including clay, moderately acid to neutral pH.  1-3 feet height, blooms in summer, yellow/orange flowers, spreads slowly by re-seeding.

Germination Code: C(30)

Native Region:  Occurs only in two counties – Campbell and Davidson

Colorful, attractive flowers on a fast-growing wildflower that is not fussy about soil, preferring dry soils with gravel, sand or clay.  Easy to grow from seed.  Best planted in a group as it has little branching.  Not competitive with more aggressive neighbors.  Often short-lived but will re-seed. It is a member of the Aster Family that is most noted for the long, cylindrical center disk in each flower.  Attracts bees and butterflies.

Long-headed Coneflower, Upright Prairie Coneflower - Ratibida columnifera 2
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/