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Ratibida pinnata

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Common Name:  Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grey-headed Coneflower

Full sun, medium to moderately dry moisture level, rich soil preferred but tolerates poor soils including clay, moderately acid to neutral pH.  3-5 feet height, blooms for a long period in summer, yellow flowers, spreads slowly by re-seeding.

Germination Code: C (30)

Native Region:  Scattered statewide but primarily in Middle Tennessee

Tall, showy plant that is easy to grow from seed and very durable.  Two things to avoid are too much water and too much fertilizer.  Best planted en masse because individual plants are narrow and sparsely leafed.  Attracts butterflies, bees and birds. Larval food for the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly.

Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grey-headed Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata 4
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/
Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grey-headed Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grey-headed Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata 6
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/
Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grey-headed Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata 5
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/
Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grey-headed Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata 3
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grey-headed Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata 2
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/