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

Gray - Headed  Coneflower
Gray - Headed Coneflower

Wildlife Significance

Nectar/ Pollen -This plant is popular with several species of bees:Cuckoo bee, large Leaf- Cutting bees, Green Metallic bees. Wasps, flies and  will also visit this plant for both nectar and pollen

Nectar - Butterflies

Host Plant - For caterpillars of the Silvery Checkerspot (butterfly) as well as several moths

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

Gray -Headed  Coneflower
Ratibida pinnata

Seed Provenance - Ratibida pinnata 

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

 Ratibida pinnata
Ratibida pinnata
Ratibida pinnata
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 -

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