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Echinacea angustifolia

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Native Plants, Perennials
 "Echinacea"  is derived from the Greek word echinos which means sea-urchin or hedgehog, refering to the pointy cone found in the center of flowers in this genus.  This native meadow perennial has daisy-like blossoms in early summer. It bears copper-orange central cones surrounded by short, arching, ray petals in pink or purple-pink, and occasionally white.
It is a medicinal plant that attracts butterflies, bees, for necatar in the summer and and birds in winter if cones are left on plant. 
Grows well in deep, well-drained soil in full sun. It has a clumping habit, divide clumps in spring every 3-4 years.  Root cuttings can be made in autumn.  It is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity, and poor soils. Deadheading prolongs flowering and cut back stems will promoste more flowering Propagation: S
Problems: Leaf miners, powdery mildew, bacterial spots, and gray mold. Vine weevils may feed on roots.
This plant resists predation by deer.


early summer, summer
3-6 feet
Flower Color:
salmon, pink, purple, sometimes white
full sun, partial shade
showy flowers, attracts bees, showy seed heads, coneflower, drought tolerant, wildlife plant, wildlife, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 2871

Echinacea angustifolia Echinacea angustifolia
Tony Fischer, CC BY - 2.0
Echinacea angustifolia Flower
Ralph Combs, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Echinacea angustifolia Leaves
Matt Lavin, CC-BY-SA-2.0