Sun Exposure: Part Sun, Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay
Height: 3 - 6 feet
Spread: 2 - 3 feet
Blooms: July, August, September, October
Root: Fibrous, Rhizomatous
Habitat: Open bottomland forests, Moist meadows in wooded areas, Woodland borders, Partially shaded river banks
Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Rain Gardens, Naturalization, Wooded edges, Woodland planting
Complimentary Plants: Swamp Milkweed, Joe Pye Weed, Blue Vervain
Wildlife Value: The nectar and pollen of the flowerheads attract many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, predatory wasps, butterflies, skippers, moths, and various kinds of flies. Host Plant: Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly, Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth, Common Eupithecia Moth. Songbirds eat the seeds.
Seed Origin: Ontario
Germination Code: C(30)
Rudbeckia laciniata - Cut-leaved 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.