'Red Midget' prairie coneflower (or Ratibida columnifera) is a playful perennial for pollinator gardens. Flowers with prominent cones bloom in late summer and fall, each decorated with bright red, copper, and yellow petals. They serve as excellent cut flowers -but make sure you leave a few for the pollinators! Butterflies flock to the blooms during summer and birds enjoy the seeds in fall.
It's compact in habit, making it easy to find room for in your garden. We recommend this for gardeners of any skill level since it's deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, and low maintenance.
Plant size: 15-18" tall and wide
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
Water: Average moisture
Hardiness: USDA zone 3-9 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.
Notable features: native, compact, drought tolerant, deer resistant, long-blooming, salt-tolerant.
Pot size: one quart
Plant name: Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget'
So in an attempt to slowly turn my yard mostly into a native wildlife, this is one of the little beauties I purchased from here. So far, the little green bees love it as do some smaller butterfly species. It has settled in nicely, and now I am just waiting for seedheads so I can spread them around and create a bigger area of them. One small plant, while cute, is not enough, but it produces enough seeds that if you are patient like me, you can fill up an area with some time. We need less grass yards and more native plants for all the pollinators and birds and other critters who rely on us as caretakers.