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Dracopis amplexicaulis (Clasping Coneflower)

Clasping Coneflower, Clasping-leaf Coneflower, Rudbeckia amplexicaulis


Dracopis amplexicaulis (Clasping Coneflower) is an annual coneflower boasting showy daisy blossoms, 2 in. across (5 cm), from mid spring to mid summer. Resembling Mexican hats (Ratibida), each flower features 5-10 drooping yellow rays with reddish-purple bases. They surround a prominent, dark brown, cone-shaped center disk. Rich in nectar, the blossoms attract bees and butterflies. They are carried atop smooth stems dotted with alternately arranged, oblong, glaucous leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm). Easy to grow, trouble-free, low care, Clasping Coneflower provides weeks of eye-catching color. Its attractive seedheads further extend its season of interest and will be visited in the fall and winter by birds that feed on the seeds. Excellent for mass plantings, Clasping Coneflower is an attractive plant for native gardening and wildflower meadows.

  • Grow up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). This plant will keep a presence in the garden through self-seeding and may form colonies.
  • Performs best in full sun in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Moist, organically rich soils are preferred. Tolerates light shade, heat and drought.
  • Great for sunny borders, prairies or meadows, native plant gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to promote more flowers or to control self-seeding.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to the southeastern United States from Georgia to Texas and north into Missouri and Kansas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Rudbeckias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Rudbeckias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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