Blog and photos by Penny Holtzmann
Board Member and Treasurer, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
Missouri coneflower (Rudbeckia missouriensis)
This perennial occurs on limestone glades in the Ozarks and tolerates all the heat and drought that our Midwest summers can throw at them.
Missouri coneflower only grows about two feet tall and looks formal enough to put in your front yard. Its profusion of bright yellow flowers are most welcome in late summer.
This plant provides good cut flowers to bring indoors.
Various bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are attracted to these flowers for the nectar and pollen.
Rudbeckia species are host plants for the caterpillars of the silvery checkerspot butterfly and several moths.
Rabbits are a problem in my yard, but they apparently don’t like the hairy leaves of Missouri coneflower.
This plant prefers full sun, dry-mesic conditions, and a thin rocky soil; but it does fine in clay soil on my hill. Look for it if you visit a dolomite glade in the Ozarks, such as Valley View Glades Natural Area in Jefferson County.
Where to purchase:
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery
Often, Missouri coneflower can be found at:
- The plant sales at Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR)
- Local garden centers that offer native wildflowers such as Greenscape Gardens
Upcoming Plant Sale:
“Shop for locally produced native plants, food and crafts. Also, experts will answer your native gardening questions.”
Event: Wildflower Market at SNR
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 4:00 -7:30 p.m.
Location: Whitmire Wildflower Garden
Free for Missouri Botanical Garden and SNR members
$5.00 for adults
$3 for seniors (65+)
Bring checks and cash to pay vendors. One vendor, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, will accept credit cards. Cash or check accepted by all vendors.