Etymology: Ratibida: Rathibida, the Dacian name of some aster-like plant, recorded by Dioscorides
Plants: erect, perennial, 1 1/2'- 4' tall forb with fibrous roots
Leaves: pinnately-divided into 3-7 lance-like segments, lower leaves on long stalk, upper becoming stalkless
Flowers: head 2"-3" tall; brown, cylindrical disks 1"- 1 1/2" tall; drooping, yellow rays 1"- 2 1/3" long; inflorescence with one to several heads on long, bare stalks; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed with no fluffy pappus
Habitat: full sun; dry, moderate moisture to wet; prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy, limy soil
Conservation Status: Native