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Prairie Coneflower, Drooping Coneflower
Scientific Name: Ratibida pinnata (Vent.) Barnh.
Synonym: Rudbeckia pinnata
Family: Asteraceae
Prairie Coneflower, Drooping Coneflower (Ratibida  pinnata)
Ratibida pinnata, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 474
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-24, 26-43
USDA: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern half of North America, from southeastern Canada to Florida and Louisiana

Growth Habits: Perennial, 3-4 feet tall (90-120 cm), 1.5 to 2 feet spread (45-60 cm); pinnately divided leaves, up to 5 inches long (12 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water, needs good drainage, drought tolerant

Propagation: Seeds in the fall (the seeds need a 4-6 week cold moist period to germinate properly), division

Cultural Practices:
Plant 12 to 20 inches apart (30-60 cm). The base of the plants are relatively bare, so it is better to plant them close. Cut dormant plants to the ground in winter.

Blooming Habits:
The Prairie Coneflower blooms in early summer. The flowers are long-lasting and are excellent as cut flower, keeping for 5 to 10 days in water. The crushed seed heads have a sharp anise scent.

Fruiting Habits:

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