RATIBIDA pinnata (Grey-Headed Coneflower) is a perennial wildflower native to North America. It is recognized for its unique cone-shaped seed head and bright yellow flowers. Grey-Headed Coneflower is valued for its ornamental appeal and its ability to attract pollinators.
Grey-Headed Coneflower is a herbaceous perennial that typically grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm). It has slender, branching stems and pinnately divided leaves that give it a delicate and airy appearance. The leaves are typically green or grayish-green in color. This species is native to prairies, meadows, and open woodlands across central and eastern North America. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate some light shade. Grey-Headed Coneflower prefers well-drained soil and is well-adapted to dry and drought-prone conditions.
The flowers of Ratibida pinnata are vibrant yellow, with drooping petals and elongated, cone-shaped centers. The central cones start out green and gradually turn brown as the flowers mature. The combination of yellow petals and grey-brown cones creates an attractive contrast. The flowers are pollinator-friendly, attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. Grey-Headed Coneflower typically blooms from mid-summer to early fall. The flowers are long-lasting, adding a pop of color to the garden during late summer.
Ratibida pinnata plays an essential role in supporting pollinators. The nectar-rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, contributing to pollination and supporting local biodiversity.
Grey-Headed Coneflower is often used in prairie-style plantings, wildflower meadows, or cottage gardens. Its unique and eye-catching flowers add a touch of whimsy and natural charm to the landscape. Additionally, the dried seed heads can be left standing during winter, providing visual interest and attracting birds. With its yellow flowers and distinct cone-shaped seed heads, brings a touch of natural beauty to gardens and landscapes while also supporting pollinator populations.
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Scientific Name: Ratibida Pinnata
Common Name: Grey-Headed Coneflower
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Native Range: Central North America
Height: 36 to 60 "
Spread: 18 to 24 "
Habitat: Dry woods, Prairies, Railroad tracks
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Flower Color: Yellow
Water Requirement: Medium
Soil Type: Clay, Sandy, Calcareous
Soil pH: Neutral (6-7)
Advantage: Medium maintenance, Easy to grow
Uses: Cut flowers, Wildflower bouquet, Shoreline restoration projects, Raingardens