Ratibida pinnata (Yellow Coneflower) - Plugs$6.98
A very Midwestern perennial, Yellow Coneflower is most common in the Tallgrass Prairie region from Minnesota and Nebraska east to Ohio and Michigan, south to Alabama and Louisiana. Outliers can be found as far east as Pennsylvania.
Yellow coneflower grows to about 4 feet tall depending on available soil moisture, and its bright yellow blooms are held up on wiry stems well above the foliage, giving the impression that they're floating in the air. Yellow coneflower blooms from June to July, along with the main-season prairie plants.
Yellow Coneflower Uses
Yellow coneflower is an excellent perennial to include in naturalistic landscapes. The flowers attract bees and butterflies, providing the necessary nectar and pollen to feed them. The leaves are a larval host plant for Silvery Checkerspot butteflies, as well as several varieties of moths.
Yellow coneflower is easy to accommodate in perennial plantings, as it does remain a nice, tight clump. The plants don't spread aggressively by seed, but they are just about impossible to transplant once they've established for a year! Use yellow coneflower towards the back of the border where a tall plant with yellow flowers can be appreciated. Yellow Coneflower is also great for prairie restoration plantings.
How to Grow Yellow Coneflower
Yellow coneflower is very easy to grow, like many of our native prairie plants. Plant in average to moist, well-drained soils and they will really take off. Yellow Coneflower doesn't do well in heavy clay soils, but most of the soils in the Midwest should accommodate it just fine. Be sure to water well for the first month, especially if the weather is dry - Yellow Coneflower roots grow very quickly, and the plants establish within a few weeks of planting.
Our SuperPlug yellow coneflowers will establish very quickly, reaching full size within 1 growing season. For larger plantings, especially restoration plantings, we recommend the RootMaker 32 plugs - These are more economical and establish quickly as well.