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Echinacea paradoxa

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: June, July, August

Bloom Color: yellow, brown

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, deer resistant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Flower of Echinacea paradoxa (Bush's purple coneflower)
  • Flower of Echinacea paradoxa (Bush's purple coneflower)
  • Flower of Echinacea paradoxa (Bush's purple coneflower)
  • Flower of Echinacea paradoxa (Bush's purple coneflower)

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Description

Echinacea paradoxa

Also known as:

Bush's yellow coneflower

,

Bush's purple coneflower

,

Ozark coneflower

,

yellow coneflower

,

yellow echinacea

,

yellow purple coneflower

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Echinacea paradoxa is the only species within the genus to have yellow flowers: all others bloom in pink to purple hues. It produces large daisy-like flowers that are up to 2 1/2" across, with arching yellow petals and a conspicuous dark brown central cone. The flowering stems are robust and unbranched, typically growing no more than 3' tall. Along with the seed heads, they persist well into winter, providing good visual appeal and a well need food source for a variety of birds. The blooming period begins in early summer and extends for about a month. However, this species will sporadically produce more flowers throughout the summer, even without dead-heading.

Cultivation

Bush's yellow coneflower is easy to grow, and low maintenance. It prefers well-drained soils that can be moist to dry. Established plants can be considered drought tolerant. Sunny locations are best. As with other Echinacea, flower production may decline when the plants become over-crowded, so it is recommended to divide established clumps every few years. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in fall, or by clump division in early spring.

Additional Notes

The specific epithet is a reference to the paradox that this is the only yellow blooming species among the genus commonly known as purple coneflower. Hence some confusing common names such as: yellow purple coneflower. Its native range is limited to a small area in the Ozarks, hence the species is also known as Ozark coneflower. However, it has become very popular in cultivation for being compact, easy to grow and non-aggressive. It also hybridizes readily with other echinaceas and has been the source for a wide variety of cultivars of varying bloom colors.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AR, MO, OK, TX

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: AR

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 paradoxa Bush's yellow coneflower