from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small genus of American composite herbs, two or three of which are garden-plants. It is closely allied to Rudbeckia. Ratibida columnaris is the leading cultivated species, particularly the variety pulcherrima (Obeliscaria pulcherrima of former seed-lists), native to prairies of the midcontinental region. This plant is two to three feet tall, with narrowly divided leaves, and yellow or purple rays on the terminal long-receptacled heads.
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- n. genus of perennial wildflowers of North American plains and prairies; often cultivated for their showy flower heads
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