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Common Name: Prairie Coneflower or Mexican Hat Flower      Latin Name: Ratibida pinnata      Size: 0 (min) to 0 (max)
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Ratibida pinnata

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Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Ratibida
species: pinnata
Size: 0 (min) to 0 (max)
Size Description:
Plant type: North America native perennial
Height x width: 3 to 5 feet tall and 1.5 feet wide
Growth habit: Upright, finely-branched
Foliage: Alternate, pinnately-divided, up to 5 inches long with stiff trichomes
Flowers: Long-blooming (June to August), composite flowers with yellow ray flowers surrounding a dull-gray central disk in the shape of an elongated cylinder (1 inch long) as long as or longer than the ray flowers. Flowers are borne on long pedicels
Culture: Full sun, well-drained soil, but will tolerate clay or sandy soils. Tolerates poor, dry soils.
Uses: Perennial border, meadow or native plant garden. Best massed because individual plants are narrow and somewhat sparsely leafed
Propagation: Seed, division
Cultivars: straight species. Also, ‘Red Midget’is a well-branched, 15 inch dwarf with yellow edged red petals
Notes courtesy of Sue Trusty.
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Full Sun Tolerance:star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingPerforms WellSee other plants that like full sun.
Part Shade Tolerance:star ratingstar ratingLower Than Average Performance
Deep Shade Tolerance:star ratingDoes Not Perform Well
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Bloom history: (Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, unless otherwise noted)6/17/2013 until 6/30/2013 See other plants that bloom at this time.
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Location: SD1 Northern Kentucky
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Location: SD1 Northern Kentucky
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Location: Cincinnati Zoo
Photo Credit: Chris Wais
Season: July, 2009
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Location: Cincinnati Zoo
Photo Credit: Chris Wais
Season: July, 2009
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