Rudbeckia occidentalis (Western Coneflower) CC DP


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Plant Description: clump forming herbaceous perennial producing unbranched stems from a narrow crown. Leaves have a smooth texture with a strongly pointed tip and broadly ovate near the base. Inflorescence is a raised conical to rounded composite of 200-500 disc flowers, each with minute yellow petals together appearing dark brown to maroon, directly below inflorescence is a whorl of bright green leaf like bracts. The center lengthens as the fruits, single seeded achenes, develop. Blooms from summer into the fall.

  • Height: 4-6ft
  • Width: 1-2ft
  • Watering needs: regular
  • Sun needs: full sun to part shade
  • Soil needs: moist to wet
  • Bloom Time: summer into fall

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: found in the Western United States in moist mountain meadows and riparian zones at elevations from 3200-9000 ft. 

Bees and butterflies flock to Rudbeckia occidentalis when in bloom, while seeds left on the cone heads provide food for birds.

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