EASTERN PURPLE CONEFLOWER

Echinacea purpurae

Echinacea purpurae. Native to Central and Eastern U.S., a popular pollinator garden and meadow plant, Euchinadce is derived from Greek meaning “spiny one, because the mature flower heads look like spiny sea urchins, the epithet purpurea means “reddish-purple.”

Its individual flowers within the flower head are hermaphroditic, having both male and female organs in each flower. It is pollinated by butterflies and various types of bees.

Preferred uses: Pollinator Gardens, meadows, naturalized areas, ornamental arrangements.

SPECS: Genus: Echinacea ; Species: Purpurae; Plant Type: Forb, Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Dry, Dry; Height: 3′ — 4′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 1′; Bloom Time: July — October; Bloom Color: Pink, Purple; Advantages: Birds, Medicinal uses, Pollinator conservation; USDA Zone: 4 — 9; Attracts: Bumblebees, Butterflies, Honey bees, Songbirds, Sweat bees; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Heat & humidity, Salt; Plant Community: Coneflowers are a great choice for large mass plantings and are garden compatible with a variety of our other native wildflowers, including butterfly-weed, black-eyed susans, beardtongues, and native prairie grasses.;