Ratibida columnifera Yellow
Yellow Prairie Coneflower
Details15-24" tall x 18" wide. This is the yellow flowered form of Prairie Coneflower. It is a wonderful native prairie wildflower that blooms from mid-summer into fall with a cheerful display of graceful daisies with petals that sweep backwards from the center cone. A good re-seeder, it will gently colonize disturbed soils and open areas. Low fertility, well-drained soil. (seed propagated)
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|Common Name||Yellow Prairie Coneflower|
|Botanical Name||Ratibida columnifera|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||15-24" tall|
|Mature Spread||18" wide|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good for Dried Flowers, Low Maintenance, Great for Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Hot Desert, Southwest, West|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
- They grow easily in all types of soil including dry clay. (i,e, clay soil in high spots, hillsides, raised beds).
- Prairie Coneflower benefits from mulching in hot, dry climates and is amenable to most common types of mulch including crushed gravel in xeriscapes.
- They are xeric (waterwise) and after becoming well established during their second growing season do best with deep but infrequent watering.
- Plant in full, hot sun
- Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. It’s not necessary to plant into a rich, highly amended soil. Special comments:
- Deadhead to prolong blooming. But be sure to leave some seed heads to ripen as Prairie Coneflower are good plants for naturalizing and re-seed themselves when happy. Garden care:
- Fertilize Ratibida once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
- Leave them standing over the winter months to provide a source of seed for seed eating songbirds. Cut back to 1-2” above the ground in early to mid-spring.
Ratibida (Prairie Coneflower) are a showy group of summer-blooming native wildflowers. These xeric perennials provide seed for seed-eating songbirds. These plants are deer resistant. Preferred growing conditions:
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In July, I planted about seven of these along a gravel walkway with a blue lips penstemon in between each one. They grew leafy crowns, but did not gain any height in the first year, unlike the red and yellow Mexican Hats that I planted mid-spring. They did not gain any height despite twice weekly watering. We had a very hot and dry summer, so that might have hurt their progress.
This spring, I already see lots of leaves poking up from the ground. I think this will be the year.
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- Naturalized Area
These yellow prairie coneflowers are on their fourth summer in my garden and each clump has grown exponentially each year. I never noticed until this year, but they have a definite, delicate, sweet fragrance that perfumes the air within a few feet of the plants. Who knew?
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These bloom a lot and are quite drought tolerant. Great to compliment/soften the look of cactus. Vulnerable to rabbits when young, less so as adults.
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- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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