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 feet tall; oval, pointed, medium green leaves clasp the stems. Blooms in late spring, bearing flowers to 2 inches 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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