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Purple Coneflower

Scientific Name:

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Purple Coneflower
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Echinacea purpurea

Common Name(s):
Purple Coneflower

Categories:
Native plants, perennials, wildflowers

Comment:
“Echinacea” is derived from the Greek word echinos which means sea-urchin or hedgehog, referring to the pointy cone found in the center of flowers in this genus.
Coneflower is one of the toughest perennials, tolerating dry, droughty soil and hot summer sun; after a big summer display plants flower sporadically until frost; both the pink and white cultivars make good cut flowers. It is a favorite nectar source for bees and butterflies while in bloom, and the seeds provide a much-needed winter food source for birds. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Height:

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Purple Coneflower
Photo by Tracie Bowers

1-3 feet

Flowering Period:
Summer to fall

Flower Color:
Rose pink, white

Usage:
Beds, borders, meadow plantings, cut flower gardens

Hardiness:
USDA hardiness zone 3-8

Propagation:
Division in Spring, root cuttings

Exposure:
Full sun to part shade

Soil:
Well-drained, dry to medium.

Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont Coastal plain

Origins:
Eastern US

Pollinator(s) attracted:
Butterflies, Bees

Page by Tracie Bowers EMGV

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