Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Ratibida pinnata  

  Yellow Coneflower or Gray-Headed


Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Ratibida pinnata

one sigle yellow coneflower
Coneflowers add character to a garden - jim Wohl

Wildlife Significance

 Pollen -This plant is popular with several species of bees:Cuckoo bee, large Leaf- Cutting bees, Green Metallic bees and syrphid flies

Nectar - syrphid flies, butterflies including: viceroy, sulphur, eastern tailed-blue, crescent and hairstreak

Host Plant - For caterpillars of the Silvery Checkerspot (butterfly) and Wavy-lined Emerald Moth which is a lime green moth that blends in with the leaves of Ratibida pinnata perfectly. If you have a keen eye you might be lucky enough to spot these fellows during the month of June

Seed - Goldfinches
For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website

Ratibida pinnata
Ratibida pinnata

Seed Provenance - Ratibida pinnata 

Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2012 - present

Bright yellow flowers with dark centers
Gray - Headed Coneflower - Jim Wohl
Cultivation Information
Height - 2 to 5 ft
Flower Color -
Blooms -
July - September
Sun -
Full sun to part shade

Hardy Zone - 3 to 9
Soil -
Moist to dry soil with little organic material

Family -
Gray -Headed  Coneflower
Ratibida pinnata

Propagation Notes -

Cold Storage - 30 days - Small Zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds Planted -

Sprouted -

Night Temperature -
61 - 63°F

Day Temperature
- 64 - 65°F -Under florescent lights

Natural Sunlight -
3-6-12 - Exposed a few hours each day to natural sunlight

a filed of Ratibida pinnata