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Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)


Light:

Sunny location

Flowering:

Long flowering. Mid to late summer.

Soil:

Well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.

Height:

30 to 40 inches

Color:

Lemon yellow with brown cone center

Hardiness:

Very hardy native - zone 3

Uses:

Wildflower gardens. borders. naturalizing

Care:

Very easy with full sun and well drained soil. Good choice for dry. difficult areas.

Native:

Yes

Comments:

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.

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