Clasping CONEFLOWER

FAMILY: Asteraceae | GENUS: DRACOPIS amplexicaulis

TYPE
  • Annuals
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Ample Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Native from Kansas to Texas and Georgia; closely related to coneflowers (Echinacea, Rudbeckia) and Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera). Slender stems reach 23 ft. tall; oval, pointed, medium green leaves clasp the stems. Blooms in late spring, bearing flowers to 2 in. across with a dark brown or purple central cone and yellow rays that are sometimes flushed orange or brown at the base. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including wet, heavy, poorly drained ones. Use in wildflower meadows or naturalized areas; also good in mixed herbaceous borders. Attracts butterflies. No significant pests. Sow seed directly into the garden after last spring frost. Will self-seed.

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