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western coneflower

Rudbeckia occidentalis

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medium - hight
part shade - full shade
upright
2 - 6'
black
summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Think of these less as dead flower heads and more as mini bird feeders.
Think of these less as dead flower heads and more as mini bird feeders.

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Extra large leaves
Extra large leaves

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Not your average flower. Lacks ray petals, which makes it a cool counterpoint for flowers that have them.
Not your average flower. Lacks ray petals, which makes it a cool counterpoint for flowers that have them.

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Think of these less as dead flower heads and more as mini bird feeders.
Think of these less as dead flower heads and more as mini bird feeders.

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Western coneflower's unique petal-less flowers provide your garden with some interesting visual contrast. This tall streamside species needs moderate irrigation, and appreciates some afternoon shade. Spent flower heads are full of seeds, attracting chickadees and goldfinches. Looks best planted in groups towards the back of a border, especially with canada goldenrod, fireweed, sneezeweed and nettle-leaf giant hyssop.