Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds, Food/Pollinators, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
36
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Plant in the border, native plant garden, naturalized area, prairie or wildflower meadow. Good cut flower and excellent nectar source for butterflies. Songbirds feed on the dry seed.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Very easy to grow. Adapts to many soil types and grows well in full sun or light shade. Remove seed heads after flowering if self-seeding is not desired.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Goldfinches eat the seeds as fast as they ripen.

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