August 5, 2021
Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) is a cheerful and bright native wildflower currently in full bloom. This wildflower, also known as gray-headed coneflower, enjoys dry sandy soils throughout Steuben County. The showy flowers have drooping yellow petals surrounding a green-gray center that darkens in color as it ages. Yellow coneflower is a favorite for pollinator insects and the seed heads are enjoyed by many native birds such as goldfinches throughout the winter. Yellow coneflower is a great choice if you are looking to add some native flowers to your garden. It has long-lasting attractive blooms, requires little deadheading or maintenance, and makes an excellent cut flower. You can see yellow coneflower at Spangler Grove and Clear Lake Nature Preserve.