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Dracopis amplexicaulis (Clasping coneflower)
Smith, R.W.

Dracopis amplexicaulis

Dracopis amplexicaulis (Vahl) Cass.

Clasping Coneflower, Clasping-leaf Coneflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Rudbeckia amplexicaulis


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 Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall, often shorter.
Leaf: Green
Flower: Flowers 2 inches
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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


Use 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


Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Prevent complete soil dryness, Remove spent blossoms, Maintain mulch layer

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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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 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

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 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 resources

USDA: Find Dracopis amplexicaulis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dracopis amplexicaulis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dracopis amplexicaulis


Record Modified: 2023-01-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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