Gray Headed Prairie Coneflower

36-60"' tall x 24-36" wide. Gray Headed Coneflower is a Mid-Western prairie native that blooms in the summer with large, yellow petaled flowers. Butterflies love it. Deer resistant, the seed heads are an excellent souce of food for seed eating songbirds in fall. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones3 - 7
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Native
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Dried Flowers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Great For Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Height36-60" tall
Mature Spread24-36" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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SKUHC016202

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

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36-60"' tall x 24-36" wide. Native primarily to the Mid-Western US, this prairie wildflower is valued in the garden for its long season of mid-to-late summer bloom and its attractiveness to butterflies and seed eating birds. This deer resistant species makes an excellent cut flower and is easy-to-grow in a wide range of soil types. While slightly xeric, the plants should be irrigated in drier climates.
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Associated SKUsHC016202
HC014238 (Plant - 2.5" Pot)
Common Name
Gray Headed Prairie Coneflower
Botanical Name
Ratibida pinnata
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Yellow
Mature Height
36-60" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Native, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Great For Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
Growing Ratibida (Prairie Coneflower)

    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:
  • 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.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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