Rudbeckia laciniata - Greenhead Coneflower
Greenhead Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) is a tall perennial with occasional branching in the upper half of the plant. It has alternate, 3 - 7 lobed leaves up to a foot long and wide that become gradually smaller the further up its stem, and have a tendency to droop. The upper stems terminate into either an individual or cluster of large flowerheads with drooping yellow petals surrounding a greenish-yellow center. Cherokees have gathered its leaves in the early Spring to be used for cooked greens.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 5' - 9'
Spread: 2' - 4'
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: August, September
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators
Rudbeckia is a genus of flowering plants that gets it common name, coneflower, from its distinguished, raised central disc that comes in shades of black, brown, or green. They are all native to North America, and mostly perennial plants but there are some species that are annual/biennial. They are very common in native gardens for their showy yellow flowers that bloom from mid to late summer. Most of the species have been well known to be used by Native Americans, and are rich in phytochemicals that may offer potential pharmaceutical or other medicinal uses.
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