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Echinacea purpurea

Common Name(s):
Purple Coneflower
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

 "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.

Coneflower is one of the toughest perennials, tolerating dry, droughty soil and hot summer sun; after a big summer display plants flower sporadically until frost; both the pink and white  cultivars make good cut flowers. It is a favorite nectar source for bees and butterflies while in bloom, and the seeds provide a much needed winter food source for birds.  This plant is resistant to damage by deer. 

Season:
Summer into early fall
Height:
1-3 ft.
Flower Color:
Rose pink or white with gold centers
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8
Foliage:
Simple or branched, often bristly, hairy stem; leaves are roughish above and sharply toothed; basal leaves are 3-8 in. long, egg-shaped, 5-veined and stalked; upper leaves are lance-shaped, stalkless, and much smaller
Flower:
2.5-5 in. flower head; 12-20 drooping rays; cone-shaped disk
Site:
Well-drained soil; sun; dry, open woods
Propagation:
Division in spring, root cuttings
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil:
Well-drained, drought tolerant
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Eastern USA
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
purple, perennial, white, APVG, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 707

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