Ratibida pinnata - Yellow Coneflower

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loamy-Clay

Height: 3 - 5 feet

Spread: 1 - 2 feet

Blooms: July, August, September

Root: Rhizome

Habitat: Prairies, Woodland openings and borders, Thickets, Limestone Glades

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Meadow plantings, Naturalization

Complimentary Plants: Butterfly Milkweed, Wild Bergamot, Nodding Onion, Little Bluestem, Anise Hyssop

Wildlife Value: Many kinds of insects visit the flowers, but especially bees, including Epeoline Cuckoo bees, large Leaf-Cutting bees, Green Metallic bees, and other Halictine bees. Host Plant: Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly, Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth, Common Eupithecia Moth. Songbirds eat the seeds. 

Seed Origin: Ontario

Germination Code: C(30)

Ratibida pinnata - Yellow Coneflower

  • Yellow Coneflower is a great choice for a wildflower garden because of its long blooming period. The cone-like green centers eventually change to a dark purple or brown, and the droopy soft flower petals sway or flutter with each passing breeze.  Ratibida pinnata is native to dry prairies and savannas and is a tough drought tolerant plant.