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Ratibida columnifera 'Red'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ratibida (ruh-TIB-ih-duh) (Info)
Species: columnifera (kol-um-NEE-fer-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red

Synonym:Rudbeckia columnaris
Synonym:Ratibida columnaris

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
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Late Summer/Early Fall

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Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MurrayTX On Nov 29, 2013, MurrayTX from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have several mounds of these growing in intense full sun in a raised bed of mostly sand and minimal organic matter, and they look beautiful for 8 months of the year. Heat barely fazes them. Multiple light freezes cause no damage. Although they do seed heavily, they have been very slow to invade, allowing other plants to live nearby. I use their 2-3ft height to provide some shade to their neighbors and a windbreak in the winter. And oddly, they did appear and survive very well in a heavily shaded area under a tree where I had mistakenly tossed many seedheads. They bloomed less than the full sun ones, but still did bloom and looked healthy. I suggest these wildflowers for all cottage/bee gardens. I haven't killed any accidentally despite erratic watering and rare feedings.

Neutral pennefeather On Apr 23, 2008, pennefeather from McLean, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Although the flowers are pretty, they are small, and the stalks are weak. I found that many of the flowers trailed close to the ground. When surrounded by other upright flowers, it is not impressive.

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 8, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Bushy 4' plant, red drooping petals on a central cone. Hardy to zone 4. Used as a cut flower. Attracts butterflies.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Saint David, Arizona
Wichita, Kansas
Blair, Nebraska
Imperial, Nebraska
Hazlet, New Jersey
El Paso, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
New Lisbon, Wisconsin

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