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Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget'

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 Midget

Synonym:Ratibida columnaris
Synonym:Ratibida columnifera var. pulcherrima
Synonym:Ratibida columnaris var. pulcherrima
Synonym:Rudbeckia columnaris
Synonym:Rudbeckia columnifera

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sueroderus On Jul 5, 2011, sueroderus from Bluffton, SC wrote:

This is a very easy plant to grow in my zone 8b garden. It never fails to be noticed and I have never seen it in another garden in my area. It reseeds but not excessively, thrives in full sun and my acidic soil. I have never had deer eat this plant. It grows to 3 ft and does flop over, but I cut it back after it blooms.

Positive grrrlgeek On Sep 12, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

A bit droopy, but a nice prairie plant. The flowers are very pretty, ranging from all red to having a wide yellow margin. Overall the plant has a wild look.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Well branched, marvelous 15" dwarf. Yellow edged red petals. Sun and heat resistant.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Menifee, California
Grayslake, Illinois
Pittsford, New York
Bluffton, South Carolina

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