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Ratibida pinnata - Grey-head Coneflower
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Ratibida pinnata

Grey-head Coneflower

Ratibida pinnata, or grey-head coneflower, is a Missouri native plant which typically occurs in dry woods, prairies and along railroad tracks and roads. Tall and thinly foliaged, prairie coneflower shines in the meadow from summer to fall as it shows off its yellow petaled flowers. Stem tips bear an egg-shaped cone that is first silvery green as the yellow petals unfurl around it. With age, the petals become brighter golden yellow and hang more downward as the cone becomes a chocolately brown.

Butterflies love this flower! Ratibida pinnata looks most beautiful in large plantings among other meadow flowers and ornamental grasses. The flowers are long lasting and lovely in floral arrangements.

Additional:

Missouri Native on the MSD Stormwater BMP Native plant list used in Infiltration Basins & Dry Swales, and Bioretention & Organic Filters-Informal applications.

Grey-head Coneflower Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers clay or sandy soils. Tolerates poor, dry soils. Best massed because individual plants are narrow and somewhat sparsely leafed.

Height:

36-60 Inches

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Spread:

18-24 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Ratibida pinnata

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Height
> 36 Inches
Attributes
Naturalizing
Cut Flower
Specimen
Drought Tolerant
Focal Point
Mass Planting
Native
Border or Bed
Great Companion Plants for Ratibida pinnata
Beard Tongue Beard Tongue (Penstemon tubaeflorus )
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Rose Mallow Rose Mallow (Hibiscus lasiocarpos )
Daylily Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Purple de Oro')
Daylily Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Pardon Me')
Coneflower Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus')
Blazing Star Blazing Star (Liatris spicata )
Pale Coneflower Pale Coneflower (Echinacea pallida )
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