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Marcus, Joseph A.
Dracopis amplexicaulis (Vahl) Cass.
Clasping coneflower, Clasping-leaf coneflower
Synonym(s): Rudbeckia amplexicaulis
USDA Symbol: dram
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This is a smooth-stemmed, annual coneflower, 2-3 ft. tall, with terminal, solitary flower heads. The leaves are oblong with heart-shaped, clasping bases. The yellow petals, with reddish-purple bases, are numerous and droop away from the dark, elongated, cone-shaped center.
This species clasping leaves differentiate it from Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera).
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Flowers 2 inches
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, TX Native Distribution: GA
& OK Native Habitat:
Ditches, Ravines, Depressions
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Various soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Acid-based, Calcareous
Pocket prairie, Blooms ornamental, Wildflower meadow Use Wildlife:
for bees and butterflies. Use Medicinal:
Cherokee used juice of root for earache. A tea mode from leaves was used as a tonic and diuretic. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Prevent complete soil dryness, Remove spent blossoms, Maintain mulch layer
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0052
Collected May 4, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
Record Last Modified: 2010-04-25
Research By: TWC Staff