Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Bloom Color: purple, pink
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, colonizing, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, drought tolerant, medicinal, naturalizing, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Echinacea angustifoliaAlso known as:
narrow-leaved purple coneflower,
Rarely growing taller than 2', Echinacea angustifolia is a compact perennial, and one of the shortest of all purple coneflowers. The leaves are mostly basal, up to 8" long, and only 1/2' to 1" wide. Each plant will produce several mostly unbranched flowering stems. Flowers consist of 15 to 20 pale purplish, drooping petals surrounding a dark brown, cone-shaped central disk.
Echinacea angustifolia is very tolerant of dry condition, in full sun. It is adapted to most well-drained soils, including poor ones. Rarely cultivated, it is a species worthy of more attention. It performs beautifully in garden settings, where its relatively small size can be an advantage over other members of the genus. It typically blooms from early to mid-summer, though deadheading will extend its blooming period, as well as limit unwanted spread. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years, to avoid overcrowding and improve flower production. Both cold hardy and heat tolerant. Zones 3-8
May be propagated from seed, but seedlings are slow to reach maturity. Stored seeds will require a 12 week period of cold stratification prior to sowing. Clumps can be divided in fall when the plant begins to go dormant and the leaves start turning brown. Echinaceas produce taproots, so be prepared to dig deep holes when transplanting or dividing.
Echinacea angustifolia is underutilized, yet worthy of commercialization. Echinacea was one of the medicinal plants most widely used by native American tribes, and is a popular herbal remedy to this day. The list of its reported uses is too long to fit in this space. Let's just say it is a panacea for just about all that might ail you!
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
CO, DC, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, WY
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