Yellow Prairie Coneflower
Improvement status: Wild
Seeds per packet: ~1,000 ($3.50)
Bulk seeds per packet: ~4,000 ($10)
Germination tested 1/2021: 59%
Life cycle: Perennial
Yellow version of this wide-ranging native perennial wildflower (the other is read). Native pollinators really benefit from this beautiful plant, which produces nectar and pollen from its red and yellow blossoms from late spring through fall. Grows to three feet tall. Enjoys full sun, and can thrive in a range of soils from wet to dry. Tolerates drought well. Self-seeds readily. Drought tolerant.
The leaves and stems are said to be analgesic. An infusion of the whole plant has been used against headaches, stomach aches, and fevers. A decoction has been used to relieve pain and treat poison ivy rash. Zuni people reportedly have used an infusion of the plant as an emetic (vomit-inducing agent).
Our seed was produced by our friends at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA.
GROWING TIPS: Cold-most stratify seeds for 30 days, or direct seed in fall.