|Scientific Name||Rudbeckia montana (Rudbeckia occidentalis var. montana)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||RUMO9|
|Common Name||Montane Coneflower||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||508139|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills and montane (6400 to 10500 ft.); moist, open meadows and aspen forests, streamsides.
Plant: Perennial 2 to 6-1/2 feet tall with thick, rigid leafy stems.
Leaves: Petiolate basal leaves 5 to 12 inches long, alternate, blades broadly elliptic to ovate, usually pinnately-lobed, margins entire or serrate, hairy undersides; petiolate or sessile stem leaves 2 to 10 inches long, elliptic to ovate, not lobed.
Inflorescence: One or more large dark brown cylindrical to conical or ovoid flower heads up to to 2 inches long, each with 200-500+ tiny 5-lobed disk florets, maroon below and greenish toward the top; no ray florets; leafy bracts below up to 1-1/2 inches long with margins sometimes ciliate.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Flora of North America
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