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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Summer Wildflowers

Craig Bihrle photo: Yellow coneflower
Craig Bihrle
  Yellow coneflower
(Rabtibida columnifera)

Distribution: common statewide
Habitat: upland prairie
Flowers: rays are showy, droopy, and yellow in color
Height: 12-36 inches
Blooms: mid-June to September
Family name: Aster (Asteraceae)
Other names: Prairie coneflower
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Yellow coneflower is named after the cone-like shape of its flowers. Plains Indians made tea from it to cure stomach and headaches, rattlesnake bites and poison ivy. It was also used as dye. Now it is being marketed for prairie restoration.

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