Grey-headed Coneflower

Grey-headed Coneflower

Botanical Name: Ratibida pinnata

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Vibrant yellow flowers sway on spindly stalks during the warm summer months on this wonderful Ontario perennial. Attracts many beneficial insects, bees, and butterflies. Flower petals have a unique downward droop with central cones starting grey and turning to chocolate brown.

Interesting plant for the sunny border, native plant garden, meadow or prairie. Best massed because individual plants are narrow and somewhat sparsely leafed.

Other Characteristics

Pollinators: Bees, Birds, Butterflies

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Planting and Care Considerations

Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers clay or sandy soils. Tolerates poor, dry soils.

Deadhead to prolong blooming. But be sure to leave some seed heads to ripen as Grey-headed Coneflower are good plants for naturalizing and re-seed themselves when happy.

Spread: Up to 60 cm

Water: Low (prefers slightly dry soils)

Best Soil: Sand, Clay, Loam

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Amazingly durable, it survives heat, drought, flooding, and winter cold.