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Dracopis amplexicaulis (Vahl) Cass.
Clasping Coneflower, Clasping-leaf Coneflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Rudbeckia amplexicaulis
USDA Symbol: DRAM
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This is a smooth-stemmed, annual coneflower, usually 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).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall, often shorter.
Flower: Flowers 2 inches
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , KS , LA , MO , MS , ND , NM , OK , SC , TX
Native Distribution: GA to TX & 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
BenefitUse Ornamental: Pocket prairie, Blooms ornamental, Wildflower meadow
Use Wildlife: Provides nectar 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: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Prevent complete soil dryness, Remove spent blossoms, Maintain mulch layer
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0052 Collected May 4, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
BibliographyBibref 766 - Dale Groom's Texas Gardening Guide (2002) Groom, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dracopis amplexicaulis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dracopis amplexicaulis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dracopis amplexicaulis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-11
Research By: TWC Staff