Prairie Coneflower

Prairie Coneflower

SKU: FL3832
Ratibida Prairie Coneflower seeds are useful for water-wise xeriscaping plans because the plants are native to the central prairies and mountains, and accustomed to drought, high heat, and high humidity. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

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More details about Prairie Coneflower

Ratibida columnifera. Plant this perennial wildflower in your organic flower garden, or grow it in containers. Ratibida Prairie Coneflower seeds are useful for water-wise xeriscaping plans because the plants are native to the central prairies and mountains, and accustomed to drought, high heat, and high humidity. The central cone of each flower is surrounded by lovely bright red petals tipped in fiery sun-bright yellow. The strap-like leaves are bluish green and form a rosette. Avoid getting the leaves wet (or water only first thing in the morning) to prevent the onset of foliar disorders like powdery mildew. Flowers appear from late spring to autumn, and stems can range from 60-150cm (24-60") tall.

Perennial.

Quick Facts:

    • Useful xeriscaping flower
    • Perennial
    • Bright red and yellow
    • Grows to 150cm (60") tall

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All About Prairie Coneflower

Latin

Latin
Ratibida columnifera
Family: Asteraceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Ratibida is hardy to Zone 3

Timing

Timing
Start transplants in a cold frame in early spring, or direct sow in May to June. Starting indoors requires vernalization – wrap planted pots in plastic and store in the refrigerator for one week, and then provide 20°-24°C (68°-75°F). Do this step 4-6 weeks before planting out. Seeds will germinate in 7-42 days.

Starting

Starting
Barely cover the seeds with soil. Transplant or thin to stand 30-60cm (12-24″) apart.

Growing

Growing
Stake tall growing plants in windy gardens. Ordinary, well-drained soil will do. Ratibida is susceptible to foliar diseases like powdery and downy mildew, fungal spots, and leaf smut. To avoid these, mulch around the plants and only water in the morning, avoiding getting the leaves wet. These plants are highly resistant to heat and humidity, and they are suitable for xeriscaping.

How to Grow Ratibida

Step 1: Timing

Start transplants in a cold frame in early spring, or direct sow in May to June. Starting indoors requires vernalization – wrap planted pots in plastic and store in the refrigerator for one week, and then provide 20°-24°C (68°-75°F). Do this step 4-6 weeks before planting out. Seeds will germinate in 7-42 days.

Step 2: Starting

Barely cover the seeds with soil. Transplant or thin to stand 30-60cm (12-24″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Stake tall growing plants in windy gardens. Ordinary, well-drained soil will do. Ratibida is susceptible to foliar diseases like powdery and downy mildew, fungal spots, and leaf smut. To avoid these, mulch around the plants and only water in the morning, avoiding getting the leaves wet. These plants are highly resistant to heat and humidity, and they are suitable for xeriscaping.

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