Ratibida columnifera

Ratibida columnifera

Prairie coneflower

Previous scientific name(s): Lepachys columnaris, Lepachys columnifera, Ratibida columnaris, Ratibida columnaris var. pulcherrima

Formerly known as Ratibida columnaris. Drought tolerant perennial; full sun. Drooping yellow ray petals surround a conical disk and are borne on a single stem. A showy species common on gentle slopes, roadsides or grassy prairies, especially on well drained limestone soils. Recommended for inclusion in reclamation or wildflower mixtures.

Varieties: 
Stillwater

A selection from native stands in Montana, chosen for its consistent taller stature, uniform timing of seed maturation, and superior seed production. (Released 2004, source of ecotype: Carbon and Stillwater Counties, MT)

Species Attributes

Height: 
12 
- 24 
in.
Life Form: 
Perennial
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
Low - Moderate
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Average
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Marginal
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
26.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
737,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Yellow
Blooming Season: 
Summer
Fall