Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Upright Prairie Coneflower - Ratibida columnifera   (Nuttall) Wooton & StandleyOnly member of Ratibida in NC.
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Author(Nuttall) Wooton & Standley
DistributionReported for NC by Cronquist (1980), but he gave no details. Mapped in Mecklenburg and Moore counties by BONAP, and mapped in NC by FNA. A specimen from Jackson County in 1987 was from an NC DOT wildflower plot.

Native to the Midwest prairies and plains, adventive or escaped eastward.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatNo NC data.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-August.
IdentificationIt is hard to miss this species, with its broad bright yellow rays (that are strongly swept downward) and dark brown disk that forms a thick column. The leaves are dissected into narrow segments, not that anyone will notice. Cultivars often have dark red patches at the bases of the rays, but native populations have all-yellow rays.
Taxonomic Comments
Other Common Name(s)Long-headed Coneflower, Yellow Prairie Coneflower
State RankSE
Global RankG5
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