Ratibida pinnata

Gray Headed Prairie Coneflower

 
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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).

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Zones 3 - 7
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Easy to grow
Good for Cut Flowers
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good for Dried Flowers
Great for Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU 82032

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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.
Associated SKUs
HBLL9XX
82032 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
HBLL951 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Gray Headed Prairie Coneflower
Botanical Name Ratibida pinnata
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 36-60" tall
Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
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 Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good for Dried Flowers, Great for Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & 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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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

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Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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4.0

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Pros

  • Hardy (4)
  • Healthy (4)
  • Attractive (3)

Cons

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  • Garden (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
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5.0

Absolute Favorite Echinacea/Coneflower

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from New Jersey08759

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida pinnata:

    I absolutely LOVE this plant, so much so, that I had to wait 2 years until they were available again. It was healthy when received (3 years ago now) and still healthy - reaching almost 6' feet at its peak - usually around July.

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    4.0

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    from colorado springs,co

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    Pros

    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Lawn
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida pinnata:

    These plants were very small the first year and rather stressed. This year they are great. The heavy rains have helped them grow large and ready to have a lot of blooms.

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    5.0

    Wonderful plant! I'd been wanting it for awhile.

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    from Roxborough, Colorado

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Attracts Pollinators
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Nice And Tall
    • Unusual Blooms
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Native Plant

      Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida pinnata:

      I planted this in the back of my garden, and it compliments everything around it. Easy to maintain, and I have no negatives about this plant. What first attracted me to this particular Ratibida was the relaxed, natural look of the blooms as well as it's hardiness.

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      5.0

      Great spot of color in garden!

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      from Lanesville, IN

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida pinnata:

        I live in southern Indiana where summers are quite humid and hot with upper 90's common. Winters can drop below 0 at times with teens quite common. I have had this plant for many years and it NEVER fails to wow me. Flowers last forever and are bright showstoppers of color. I love this plant! The only con I have is that it has not spread much since planted. It never fails to appear, however.

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        1.0

        Can't Take the Heat

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        from Austin, TX.

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          • Not For Really Hot Locals

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida pinnata:

            Plant looked good through the spring, but when we had our summer heat it failed. After 42 straight days over 100 with an average of 72 dew point humidity levels it just wilted and died.

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • 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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