Ratibida pinnata
(Gray-Headed Coneflower)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Gray-Headed Coneflower, Prairie Coneflower, Pinnate Coneflower, Pinnate Prairie Coneflower
    Synonyms: Lepachys pinnata, Rudbeckia pinnata
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - September
    Status: Native

Ratibida pinnata, or Gray-Headed Coneflower, is native to most of the eastern United States. It grows in open fields, prairies and meadows, as well as along roads, railroads and fences. It blooms in mid summer with bright yellow flowers.

This plant could be confused for its cousin, Ratbida columnifera, but that plant has a long, thin flowerhead and it also has much more deeply divided leaves; Ratibida pinnata by contrast has a round flowerhead. In addition, a couple other plants, namely Verbesina alternifolia and Rudbeckia laciniata could be confused for it, however. See below for photo comparison.

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