Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Sullivant's Coneflower

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii

    COMMON NAMES: Sullivant's Coneflower

    BLOOM TIME: June, July, Aug, Sept


    • Plants grow 1 ½ to 2 ½ foot tall.
    • Daisy-like flowers have yellow-orange petals with purple brown centers.
    • Plants grow in colonies.
    • The Potawatomi prepared a tea from the roots for curing colds.
    • Early settlers used the plants as a stimulant & a diuretic.
    • A yellow dye can be made from this plant.


    • Showy flowerheads attract their fair share of pollinating insects.
    • Floral insect visitors include bees, small butterflies & skippers, various flies and sometimes beetles.
    • Thought or as deer resistant.