This plant resembles prairie coneflower but has deep red flowers beneath a long brown cone. It is a biennial to short-lived perennial and is recommended for borders, natural gardens, rock gardens, and pollinator planting. This perennial does well in hot, dry areas, and is pretty easy to grow. These Dwarf Red Coneflowers are native to nearly all of the United States as well as parts of Canada. This wildflower has served as a dye source, and the Cheyenne Indians used the parts of the plant to treat rattlesnake bites.
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Scientific Name: Ratibida Columnifera
Common Name: Coneflower, Dwarf Red
Plant Type: Perennial, Biennial
Native Range: California, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast
Height: 12 to 24 "
Spread: 8 to 18 "
Habitat: Arid/Desert, Mountain, Plain/Texas
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Season: Early Summer, Late Summer
Attracts: Pollinators, Butterflies
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Flower Color: Red
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Rocky, Sandy, Clay
Soil pH: Moderately acid, Slightly acid, Neutral
Advantage: Low maintenance, Easy to grow
Uses: Beds, Borders, Patio, Natural garden and Rock garden