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Ratibida columnifera - Long-headed Coneflower

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay

Height: 2-3 feet

Spread: 2 feet

Blooms: June, July, August

Root: Taproot

Habitat: Prairies, Dry fields

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Meadow plantings, Naturalization

Complimentary Plants: Anise Switchgrass, Slender Mountain Mint

Wildlife Value: Bees and beetles visit the flowers for pollen and nectar. Songbirds eat the seeds. 

Seed Origin: Winona, MN (Prairie Moon seed supplier)

Germination Code: C(30)


Photo credits: #1 by USFWS Endangered Species, #2 by Jeff Coffman, #3 by daryl_mitchell, #4 by Peter M. Dizuk, #5/6 by Katy Chayka

Ratibida columnifera - Long-headed Coneflower

  • Long-headed Coneflower resembles Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) but is much shorter at 2-3 feet. Its distinguishing feature is its tall cone, which produces an abundance of pollen that is collected by small bees. The petals are usually yellow, but there is also a variant species (pulcherrima) that has dark red rays with yellow edges, commonly called Mexican Hat. I have observed leaf cutter bees using the petals for nesting material. 

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