Authentic Wisconsin.  Gray-headed coneflower - Ratibida pinnata


Gray-headed coneflower on the banks of the Marion Dunn Pond i in Madison, Wisconsin on August 11, 2020.

Above: Gray-headed coneflower on the banks of the Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin. (8/11/20).


Gray-headed coneflower - Ratibida pinnata

Grows up to 1 1/2'- 4' tall with long slender stems that are slightly ridged. Gray-headed coneflower prefers full sun, dry, moderate moisture to wet areas such prairies and woods.

Gray-headed coneflowers have drooping yellow rays that are 1"- 2 1/3" long and surround a globular or oval disk. This head is initially light green or grey but later becomes brown. The disc heads have a scent reminiscent of anise when crushed.

Blooms June - August.

Other names include: Globular coneflower, (Prairie coneflower, Grayhead coneflower, Pinnate prairie coneflower, Yellow coneflower.

Gray-headed coneflower around Marion Dunn Pond in Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

Above: Gray-headed coneflower around Marion Dunn Pond in Madison Madison, Wisconsin.


For more information on Gray-headed coneflower, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Gray-headed coneflower.


Gray-headed coneflower in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on AAugust 3, 2019.
Gray-headed coneflower in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on August 3, 2019.
Gray-headed coneflower in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on JJuly 24, 2019.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond  in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.
ray-headed coneflower on shore of Retaining Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 31, 2019.
Gray-headed coneflower along bike path near Commonwealth Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin on September 12, 2018.
Gray-headed coneflower along bike path near Commonwealth Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin on September 12, 2018.
ray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on August 11, 2020.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on August 11, 2020.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond  in Madison, Wisconsin on July 29, 2020.
ray-headed coneflower on on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 29, 2020.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 29, 2020.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond  in Madison, Wisconsin on July 28, 2020.
ray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 26, 2020.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 20, 2020.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond  in Madison, Wisconsin on July 17, 2020.
Gray-headed coneflower on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on  July 17, 2020.

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Gray-headed coneflower
Ratibida pinnata


Gray-headed coneflower in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 21, 2018..


Above: Gray-headed coneflower in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin. (7/21/18)


Gray-headed coneflowerin Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on August 20, 2018.


Above: Gray-headed coneflower in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin. (8/20/18)


Gray-headed coneflower specimen collected in Dodge County, Wisconsin on July 10, 1977.


Above: Gray-headed coneflower specimen collected in Dodge County, Wisconsin on July 10, 1977.


Gray-headed coneflower.

Gray-headed coneflower illustration circa 1913.



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