Ratibida columnifera Yellow

Yellow Prairie Coneflower

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15-24" tall x 18" wide. The pure yellow flowered form of the native Prairie Coneflower, colors the garden from mid-summer on with cheerful yellow daisies that attract butterflies and bees. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 8
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
Low Maintenance
Great for Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU HBLL8XX

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15-24" 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)
Associated SKUs
HBLL8XX
HBLL821 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
82030 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
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
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
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

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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I think their second season will be a winner

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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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  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

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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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    A great garden plant

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    • Attractive
    • Healthy

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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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      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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