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Ratibida columnifera - (Nutt.)Wooton.&Standl.

Common Name Prairie Coneflower, Upright prairie coneflower, Woolly Cinquefoil, Praire Coneflower, Mexican Hat
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry plains, prairies and ravines[43]. Sandy, silty, or rocky open ground in Texas[274].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to Montana, Nebraska, Texas, New Mexico and Mexico.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Ratibida columnifera Prairie Coneflower, Upright prairie coneflower, Woolly Cinquefoil, Praire Coneflower, Mexican Hat


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Ratibida columnifera Prairie Coneflower, Upright prairie coneflower, Woolly Cinquefoil, Praire Coneflower, Mexican Hat
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Summary

Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer. Form: Irregular or sprawling, Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Ratibida columnifera is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 3. It is in flower in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

R. columnaris. Lepachys columnaris.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea

A pleasant tasting tea is made from the leaves and flower heads[161, 177, 183, 257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Analgesic  Febrifuge

The leaves and stems are analgesic[257]. An infusion is used to relieve the pain of headaches and to treat stomach aches and fevers[257]. A decoction is used as a wash to relieve pain and to treat poison ivy rash[257]. The decoction is also used as a wash to draw the poison out of a rattlesnakes bite[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border. Prefers a sunny well-drained border of fairly rich soil[1]. Established plants are extremely drought tolerant[200]. A very ornamental plant[1]. Although perennial, plants are sometimes grown as annuals, they flower in their first year from seed[200]. Special Features:North American native, Naturalizing, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in early spring. Only just cover the seed and put the pot in a sunny position. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer. Division in spring is possible but very difficult because the plant has a long taproot[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Nutt.)Wooton.&Standl.

Botanical References

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