Sunflower Family (Asteraceae : Ratibida)
Latin Name: Ratibida columnifera
Value: Wildlife – fair
Livestock – fair
Growth 1 to 3 feet tall; flowers May to August. The ray flowers range in color from yellow to red to brown, providing an interesting display. This plant is consumed by wildlife and livestock in the early stages of growth. The Great Plains Indians brewed tea from the leaves and flowers of this plant, they also used a decoction of leaves and stems to treat poison ivy and rattlesnake bites. Adapted to dry prairies, open waste ground, and roadsides.