Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Bright yellow flowers adorn the stalks of tall green plants.
Yellow coneflowers are one of the many flowers that can be found at the Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area.

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This showy plant grows well in dry, mesic, or wet conditions. It is a very attractive plant that blooms for a good part of the summer. It grows to be 3 to 5 feet and has a yellow flower with a dark gray center.

Yellow coneflowers are common in prairies, but are early successional plants, which means they often do well in disturbances, such as the trampling hooves of bison, but are slowly out-competed by grasses and may slowly disappear from plantings.

Blooms: June through August

Find It

Look for this plant around edges and in recently restored prairies and savannas.
Coldwater Spring
Cenaiko Lake (East Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park)
Hastings River Flats Park

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Last updated: March 6, 2018

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