Gray-headed coneflower

Gray-headed Coneflower

Scientific Name

Ratibida pinnata

Order

Asterales

Family

Asteraceae

Type

Perennial

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

253

Gray-headed coneflower

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Physical Description

Gray-headed coneflower has vivid yellow ray florets that point away from dull gray central disks that resemble elongated cylinders. The flowers bloom from early to late summer among pinnately divided leaves, which have prevalent texture. This perennial prefers clay or sandy soil in full sun and is most effective grown in large groups or along sunny borders. Goldfinches are drawn to this plant for its seeds, and bees visit its flowers for pollen.

Native Range

Central North America

USDA Hardiness Zone

3–8

Average Mature Height

4 feet

Flower Color

Yellow

Flowering Months

June–August

Supports

Bees and birds

Yellow flowers

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In 2019, Lincoln Park Zoo earned Level II arboretum accreditation in recognition of the Horticulture staff’s ongoing effort to identify, label, and monitor the more than 330 species of trees, shrubs, and woody plants represented across the 49-acre park.