Ratibida columnifera 'Buttons and Bows'
Common Name: long-head coneflower
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: Golden-edged rusty rays and brown center disks
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil


Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade and somewhat poor soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This long-headed coneflower cultivar features pinnately divided leaves (to 5" long) on stiff stems typically growing 2-2.5' tall. The composite flowers have a distinctive brown to purplish-brown central disk in the shape of an elongated cylinder (2" long) which somewhat resembles the crown of a slender sombrero. Attached to the bottom of the disk is a brim of 6-14, downward pointing, rust-colored ray flowers which are edged in gold. Species name of columnifera refers to the columnar center disc, and species is commonly called Mexican hat. Long summer bloom period.


No serious insect or disease problems. Tends to flop and may need staking or other support.

Garden Uses

Interesting plant for the sunny border, meadow or prairie. Best massed because individual plants are narrow and somewhat sparsely leafed.