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Echinacea tennesseensis

Common Name(s):
Tennessee coneflower
Perennials, Wildflowers

This relatively slow growing herbaceous perennial is in the Asteraceae family.  "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.

It has hairy dark green lanceolate leaves that form a basal whorl at the base with only a few leaves along stems.  Stems are topped with erect pink-purple ray flowers (many Echinacea's ray flowers bend backwards) and bright orange ray cones from June to August.  It will cross pollinate with other Echinaceas.  It was onces listed as an endagered species but conservation efforts have removed it from that list.  This Tenessee native is similar to E. purpurea (native to Missiouri), except it is less vigorous and smaller,  with more linear and narrow leaves and a vertical rootstock, and those outward facing ray flowers.

This plant is resistant to predation by deer.

June to August
1-2 feet
Flower Color:
bright purple
dry, shallow, rocky
bee plant, nectar, cone flowers, wildlife plant, butterflies, purple flowers, deer resistant, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2873

Echinacea tennesseensis Echinacea tennesseensis
Brent Moore, CC BY-NC-2.0
Echinacea tennesseensis Echinacea tennesseensis
Gwendolyn Stansbury, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0