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Ratibida  columnifera

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Ratibida columnifera

Prairie Coneflower, Mexican Hat, Upright Prairie Coneflower

Community: No

Brief Description

Soft compact foliage shoots up pert yellow daisies.

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  • Cheerful Yellow Blooms
  • Spreads Into Patches
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Bird Food Value

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Plant Description and Details

Low-lying leaves form the base for tall stems with bright yellow flowers which sway in the breeze. Appearing aerodynamic, the petals stream downwards and the center disk flowers point up in a tall column, as if rockettingtoward the sky. Provides moderate competition to surrounding species. Mildly self-promotes via seed to other areas of the landscape. Native Americans used medicinally and also as yellow dye material.

Common Names Prairie Coneflower, Mexican Hat, Upright Prairie Coneflower
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Dry open spaces, prairie grasslands and mountain foothills, throughout central U.S. and west to ID.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, UT, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Placement Charming in mono-species groups, wildflower groupings, borders, rock gardens.
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 6 in.
Group Spacing 6-10 in.
Blossom Color Yellow
Blooms Summer
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Mow to 2" in winter to revitalize.
Wildlife Notes Birds enjoy the late summer seed.
Plants Symbol RACO3
Family Name Asteraceae
Lewis & Clark No

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