Upright Prairie Coneflower

Ratibida columnaris

The prairie coneflower with its sombrero-shaped flower centers surrounded by drooping, deep red-brown and yellow or pure yellow petals are an eye-catching delight in the perennial garden. This prairie native attracts bees and butterflies, and is deer and drought tolerant. Flowers are a good tea for headache, and the leaves and stalks for stomachaches. When boiled, leaves and stems have also been used externally as a wash for poison ivy and snakebites.

Water: Moderate, Drought Tolerant

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Leafy rosette with several flower stalks usually 1.5' tall, sometimes up to 3'

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Prefers well-draining soil but can tolerate clay

Origin: Found across much of Western North America in meadows, plains and prairies from British Columbia, South to Arizona, and East to Texas and North to the Midwest

Additional Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Upright Prairie Coneflower