Grassleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia graminifolia)
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Grassleaf coneflower is a Florida endemic perennial wildflower. Its solitary blooms are distinctly different than most Florida Rudbeckia species in that they have short, brick-red ray florets and large conelike disk florets. Comparatively, it is a small bloom among Rudbeckias. Its leaves are small, narrow and grasslike (hence the common name).
Grassleaf coneflower typically flowers in summer and occurs naturally savannas and along moist roadsides.
Family: Asteraceae (Aster, daisy or composite family)
Native range: Panhandle near and in the Apalachicola National Forest
To see where natural populations of grassleaf coneflower have been vouchered, visit www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu.
Hardiness: Zones 8a-9a
Exposure: Full sun
Growth habit: 1-2’ tall
Garden tips: Grassleaf coneflower can be propagated by seed, but is not generally commercially available. Your best bet is to visit its natural habitat and see it in the wild.