Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: average, poor, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Bloom Color: purple
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, cottage garden plant, deer resistant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rare, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Echinacea tennesseensisAlso known as:
Tennessee purple coneflower,
Echinacea angustifolia var. tennesseensis
Echinacea tennesseensis is one of the rarest wildflowers in the US, yet surprisingly easy to grow. It is a sturdy plant with a compact form that seldom grows taller than 2 1/2 feet. The flowers have yellowish central cone that turns coppery-bronze with maturity, surrounded by light-purple rays that have the particularity of not drooping like those of other coneflowers. Both the stems and lance-shaped leaves are roughly pubescent.
Tennessee purple coneflower is trouble-free, and low maintenance. It is tolerant of a wide variety of soil, including poor and rocky ones. It will perform remarkably in typical garden conditions, with moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to part shade. Its compact form and low height make it an excellent choice for the front of a perennial border. Very effective planted in large groups, it can also be used in naturalized areas mixed in with other low-growing wildflowers. The blooming period is very long, extending from early to late summer. Zones 6-7
Best propagated from seed.
According to the Center for Plant Conservation: "The Tennessee coneflower is one of the nation's rarest wildflowers (Clark 2000). Known only from five populations within a 14 mile radius in Middle Tennessee, it was the second plant listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in June 1979 (USFWS 1989). First listed in the Flora of Tennessee in 1906, the plant was thought to be extinct for half a century until it was rediscovered in 1968 in LaVergne (near Nashville) (USFWS 1989). This site was destroyed by the construction of a trailer park in the 1970's. Two other colonies, discovered in 1972, were destroyed prior to 1975 by housing developments (Shea 1997).".
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: TN
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