Yellow Coneflower is a well-known native species that can be seen in roadsides, prairies, and waste places throughout the Midwest and into Canada. The plants reach 3 to 4 feet and have an abundance of flowers most of the midsummer months. The flowers resemble Black-Eyed Susans with yellow petals and dark brown centers but the petals are more drooping. The plants are named for the central portion of the flower head which is cone-like.
Coneflowers need full sun and a well-drained soil. They are very drought tolerant will develop a dense root system, making it hard to divide. Once established it can spread - both by the root system and through self seeding. It is an excellent choice for dry, difficult areas that receive little attention.