PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER

Echinacea pallida

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida is a native and a good choice for a wildlife garden, cut flower garden, prairie or meadow. Plants are also used as Butterfly Nectar Plants, Butterfly Host Plants or as part of a Grouping or Mass Planting.  Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs in America today.  Echinacea is a Native American medicinal plant named for the prickly scales in its large conical seed head, which resembles the spines of an angry hedgehog (echinos is Greek for hedgehog).  It attracts hummingbirds, bumblebees, honey bees, butterflies and skippers. The Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly’s caterpillars feed on its foliage. The Wavy-Line Emerald Moth and Common Eupithecia feeds on the flower heads.

What does echinacea do for your body?  Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that boost immune function, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects.

SPECS: Genus: Echinacea ; Species: Pallida; Plant Type: Herb, Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun; Soil Moisture: Medium Dry, Well Drained; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: June — July; Bloom Color: Pink, Purple; USDA Zone: 3 — 10; Attracts: Bumblebees, Butterflies, Carpenter bees, Caterpillars, Honey bees, Hummingbirds, Moths, Skippers; Tolerant: Drought, Dry soils; Plant Community: Companion & understudy plants: Try pairing Echinacea pallida with Allium cernuum, Asclepias syriaca, Bouteloua curtipendula, Coreopsis major, Eryngium yuccifolium, Rudbeckia hirta, Monarda fistulosa, Liatris spicata, Schizachyrium scoparium, Andropogon gerardii, Panicum virgatum and Zizia aptera;