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Common Name: Prairie Coneflower
Ratibida columnifera is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Western N. America - British Columbia to Montana, Nebraska, Texas, New Mexico and Mexico.
Dry plains, prairies and ravines[
]. Sandy, silty, or rocky open ground in Texas[
Prefers a sunny well-drained border of fairly rich soil[
]. Established plants are extremely drought tolerant[
A very ornamental plant[
Although perennial, plants are sometimes grown as annuals, they flower in their first year from seed[
A pleasant tasting tea is made from the leaves and flower heads[
The leaves and stems are analgesic[
]. An infusion is used to relieve the pain of headaches and to treat stomach aches and fevers[
]. A decoction is used as a wash to relieve pain and to treat poison ivy rash[
]. The decoction is also used as a wash to draw the poison out of a rattlesnakes bite[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in early spring. Only just cover the seed and put the pot in a sunny position. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.
Division in spring is possible but very difficult because the plant has a long taproot[