yellow prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

numerous stalk with 1-2" tall, fingerlike columnar flower heads with yellow rays drooping from base of column

yellow prairie coneflower

 

Common name: yellow prairie coneflower
Botanical name: Ratibida columnifera

Light: full sun
Height: 12 – 36 inches
Water: moderate to low,  drought tolerant
Soil type: disturbed, well-drained sandy to loamy soils

Taproot perennial wildflower with 1-2″ tall, fingerlike columnar flower heads with yellow to red rays drooping from base of column in midsummer; leaves similar to knapweed (don’t pull it out!); great for hot, dry spots

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