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Echinacea pallida - Pale Purple Coneflower

Sun Exposure: Sun - Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam,  Loam-Clay

Height: 3 feet

Spread: 1 - 2 feet

Blooms: June, July

Root: Taproot

Habitat: Prairies, Meadows, Savannas

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Drought Tolerant, Meadow Naturalization

Complimentary Plants: Foxglove Beardtongue, Prairie dropseed, Ohio Spiderwort, Butterfly Milkweed

Wildlife Value: Long-tongued bees (bumblebees, Nomadine cuckoo bees, large carpenter bees, and leaf-cutting bees), butterflies, and skippers are the most important visitors to the flowers. Birds such as Goldfinches eat the seeds. Host Plant: Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly, Wavy-Lined Emerald and Common Eupithecia Moths

Seed Origin: Coldwater, ON (Wildflower Farm seed supplier)

Germination Code:  C(90), F


Photo credits: #1 by wackybadger, #2 by SEWilco, #3 by wackybadger

Echinacea pallida - Pale Purple Coneflower

  • Echinacea palida (Pale Purple Coneflower) usually precedes Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) in bloom by about 2-4 weeks. Sometimes their flowers are difficult to tell apart, but the leaves of Pale Purple Coneflower are more long and narrow, hairier, lighter green, and tend to remain near the base of the plant. Pale Purple Coneflower is more tolerant of drier soils and has an interesting flower shape that is different than other composite flowers.

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