Wildflower Wednesday: Yellow Coneflower
It’s not an Echinacea. It’s not a Rudbeckia. It’s Ratibida pinnata, known by the common names Yellow Coneflower or Grey-Headed Coneflower.
There’s a lot to like about this plant. The flowers are nice, especially in a mass. The droopy yellow ray flowers are bright yellow. The prominent cone starts out grey and turns brown as the seeds mature. It’s an informal, friendly sort of flower.
This is a tough, low maintenance plant. It likes full sun and prefers soil that leans alkaline but otherwise needs little care. In my garden Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) have succumbed to aster yellows, but non of the Yellow Coneflowers have had any problems with disease or insects.
It can be a bit slow to establish. The plants I put in this spring and last fall are not blooming this summer, but I anticipate lots of blooms last year. In the fertile soil of my driveway border it grows 4-5′ and needs some staking.
Wildflower Wednesday is a meme hosted on the fourth Wednesday of every month by Gail at Clay and Limestone. Take a look at her site and see what other wildflowers are being highlighted.
Have you tried growing Yellow Coneflower?