Gray-Headed Coneflower

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Pretty rockets of yellow with gray raised cones, the Gray-Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) the backward-reaching blooms, and elongated centers seem to be trying to take off into the stratosphere! The coarse, scratchy green leaves form clumps 18-24 inches wide but shooting skywards nearly 5 feet in height!

Flowering from June through August, these long-lasting blooms are highly sought-after by pollinators and beneficial insects. You'll have plenty of blooms to choose from for bouquets and wild-flower arrangements. Once the flowers go to seed, they become songbird-friendly food and forage through the autumn and winter!

Also spelled, Grayheaded Coneflower and known as Grayhead Mexican Hat, and Prairie Coneflowers, these vivid flowering perennials handle a wide range of environments throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 8. The multi-branched clumps feature loads of long-lasting blooms to brighten the sun garden!

Planting and Application:

A native clump-forming perennial, Gray-Headed Coneflowers are low-moisture needs perennials! Plant them in the rocky, sandy locations that tend to be drought-prone and even fire-prone. Those being Xeric landscaping, Rock Gardens, and those hell strips along sidewalks, driveways, and along the road. The bright yellow drooping petals certainly stand out!

Just as lovely in drier Cottage Gardens and mixed perennial borders, mixing happily with other wildflowers, native plantings, prairie restoration areas, and native grasses. Sunny landscapes gain bright and tall height in the back of the border, or as groupings that enliven pollinator borders and summer flowering displays. After the birds have had their fill, cut all plant debris down in the late winter. No worry that deer or rabbits will damage these natives!

  • Bright Yellow Drooping Petals & Raised Grayish Central Cones
  • Coarse Green Leaves & Tall Flowering Stems
  • Long-Lasting Pollinator-Friendly Blooms For Bouquets
  • Fire-Wise & Drought-Tolerant Native Perennials
  • Garden & Borders, Backdrops & Tall Summer-Long Color

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Incredibly low-maintenance, Coneflowers need full sun and well-drained soil locations! Adaptable to any type of environment except soggy and shade, these herbaceous perennials handle harsh conditions with ease. Water regularly at first, but once established, Ratibida become very drought tolerant and deer resistant. Deadhead the earliest blooms that fade to encourage rebloom until autumn, but leave later emerging flowers to develop into seeds for songbirds like Goldfinch and Sparrows.

  • Full Sun Perennial
  • Hardy Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Prune Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant & Pest/Disease Free

Bright shooting stars rocketing towards the sky, the Gray-Headed Coneflower is just the bright bloom your summer beds and borders need! Order now at Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Gray-Headed Coneflower Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ratibida pinnata
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn