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Echinacea pallida

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, rich, average, poor

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: pink, lilac, lavender

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, colonizing, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, dried flowers, drought tolerant, fragrant flowers, medicinal, naturalizing

Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)
  • Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)
  • Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)
  • Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)
  • Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)

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Description

Echinacea pallida

Also known as:

pale purple coneflower

,

pale coneflower

Scientific Synonyms:

Brauneria pallida, Rudbeckia pallida

Description

Echinacea pallidais a tall growing wildflower. Plants produce undivided stems that grow to a height of 4', each topped with a singular, fragrant flower. The petals are pale shades of pink to purple, and drooping. The green leaves are basal, and the tall rigid stems are leafless.

Cultivation

Pale purple coneflower is an easy, low maintenance plant. It tolerates poor soil and drought. It can be used in cottage gardens and perennial flower beds, in full sun and moist but well-drained soil. It is best planted among other perennials, flowers, or grasses, in order to hide the bare, leafless stems. Deadheading improves overall appearance, but does not increase bloom production. Plants self seed readily. Clumps should be divided every few years to ensure best flower yield. Can bloom continuously from May to July. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring. Self seeds readily and is easy to propagate from seed. Stored seeds will require 2 months of cold stratification to break dormancy.

Additional Notes

Echinacea pallida can be used in cut flower, and dry flower arrangements. Echinacea comes from the Greek word "echinos" meaning hedgehog in reference to the spiny center cone. Echinaceas are used extensively in the herbal medicine industry.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NE, NY, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: TN, WI

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Echinacea purple coneflower
Species Echinacea pallida pale purple coneflower