Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Pale Purple Coneflower

Echinacea pallida

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Bloom Time: Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Soil Conditions: Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture: Dry, Medium
Color: Purple
Fragrance: Yes
Height: 3-5 feet
Spacing: 1 foot

Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) is a coarse, hairy perennial of prairies, savannahs, glades and open dry rocky woods. It features narrow, parallel-veined, toothless, dark green leaves (4-10 inches long) and large, daisy-like flowers with drooping, pale pinkish-purple petals (ray flowers) and spiny, knob-like, coppery-orange center cones. Flowers appear on rigid stems to 2-3 feet tall over a long summer bloom. This species is distinguished by (a) thin, extremely-reflexed rays which almost droop straight down and (b) very narrow, parallel-veined leaves which have no teeth. Best flower display is in late June to late July, with sporadic continued bloom into autumn.

The blooming period occurs during early summer and lasts about 3 weeks, after which the ray florets shrivel away and the central cone turns black. The achenes are without tufts of hair. The root system consists of a stout taproot.

Habitats include mesic to dry black soil prairies, openings in dry rocky woods, Oak savannas, limestone glades, abandoned fields, and open areas along railroads. It is possible that this plant occurred in gravel or dolomite prairies before these habitats were largely destroyed by development.

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. An adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soils.). Plants usually re-bloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance. Freely self-seeds if at least some of the seed heads are left in place.

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Good fresh cut or dried flower.
  Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years).
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