"Drooping Coneflower, Gray Coneflower, Prairie Coneflower (also applied to R. columnifera), Weary Susan, Grayheaded Coneflower"
Origin of the name Ratibida is not known. Pinnata comes from the Latin word meaning "featherlike
|Sun Exposure||Prairie, Savanna|
|Soil Moisture||Mesic, Dry Mesic|
Summer, Fall July, August, September
|Max Height||5 feet|
|Seeds Per Ounce||30,000|
Found throughout the Tallgrass Prairie region and extensively elsewhere. Prefers dry areas, roadsides, along old railroad right-of-ways. Root system is a very stout, sturdy rhizome. One or several yellow flowers may top a single stem. Grows tall and erect to about 4 feet. Grows easily from seed and is often found as a sturdy and plentiful survivor on former prairies where nearly all of the original plants have disappeared.
Native Americans made a refreshing tea from the cones and leaves of yellow coneflower. The Meskwaki used the root as an ingredient to cure toothaches.
Edible Uses: Unknown
Medicinal Usse: Unknown
Herbal Uses: Unknown
Posted by Beverly Sutor on 17th Jun 2014
They have been in the ground for maybe a month of cool spring weather and have thrived but are this week just beginning to grow new leaves. I just love these ratibida pinnatas. They are so whimsical. Such a carefree feeling comes over you every time you see them. So glad I could find them.