This is a drought tolerant plant that withstands competition. It is a fast growing wildflower that is not fussy about soils and is easy to grow from seed. Showy flowers bloom over a long season. Foliage has a strong odor that repels deer. It grows aggressively and may push out other weaker species. Use in perennial borders, cut flower gardens, native plant gardens and wildflower meadows.
Other Common Names: Red-spike Mexican Hat, Upright Prairie Coneflower, Prairie Coneflower, Long-headed Coneflower, Thimbleflower
Native Environment: Prairie
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
USDA Symbol: raco3
Height: 12 to 36 inches
Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Bloom Time: June to September
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium
Nature Attracting: Butterfly
Special Usage: Fresh Cut Flower
Use Medicinal: Tea from leaves and stalks used for stomach ache and pain in side. Tea from flower used for headache. Boiled leaves and stems used as wash for snakebite and poison ivy.
Use Food: Beverage tea from leaves.
Tolerate: Drought / Dry Soil / Deer (deer have been known to eat the flowers)