Prairie Coneflower

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Location: Taken in the late evening back in early September, in Pembina Valley Provincial Park near Morden, Manitoba.

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 55mm Lens, Aperture exp 8.0, Shutter speed 1/400, ISO 200

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Wildflowers of North America Group

Spotlight of the Week in the Wilflowers of North America on 21 November 2009

PRAIRIE CONEFLOWER, ratibida columnifera (Nutt.), of the Composite family

Flowers – yellow with three to seven rays, 15-45 mm (5/8 to 1 3/4 inch) long, relatively very broad, bent down, around a dark cone around a dark column shaped disk, 15-40 mm (5/8 to 1 5/8 inch) long and about 1/4 to 1/2 inch as wide. Heads several on long stalks. Flowering time: June – August.

Fruits – grayish black, flattened achene 2 mm (1/16 inch) long, with pappus reduced to a few scales and one to two small teeth

Leaves; pinnating divided, alternate, grey green and somewhat hairy, 5-10 cm (2 to 4 inches long. basal leaves are not divided.

Growing pattern – perennial with tap root and short, persistent stem base. Stems: usually several, branching from the base, with flat, stiff, short hairs. Plant height: 30-120 cm (12 to 48 inches) tall.

Growth environment – roadsides, ditches, railway grades, plains, prairies and disturbed ground.

Information obtained from the book Wild Flowers of Manitoba, by Ben W. Holyk

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