| Cutleaf Coneflower, Greenheaded Coneflower|
Lower leaves are three to seven lobed;upper leaves are sessile and usually three-lobed. Flower heads are three to four inches across and have drooping lemon yellow ray flowers and a green cylindrical disc atop long peduncles.
Plant Type: perennial
Plant Form or Habit: upright/vertical
Plant Use: In the back of beds and borders; as a specimen plant or planted in groups.
Width: Minimum: 36 inches Maximum: 48 inches
Foliage Texture: medium
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4
Water Requirements: average
Additional Comments: Deer tend to avoid this plant, and it is poisonous to cattle, sheep, and pigs. Humans have used its roots in tea to relieve indigestion, and its flowers in a poultice for burns. The seven-foot cultivar 'Herbstonne,' a cross between R. laciniata and R. nitida, is hardy to zone 5 and makes an impressive addition to the fall garden (planted in the back, of course!) It features dark green, deeply lobed and glossy leaves, produces a good cut flower, and is known to attract butterflies particularly monarchs. Consider planting with Eupatorium 'Gateway' and Panicum v. 'Cloud Nine.'