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Echinacea angustifolia

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Echinacea pallida var. angustifolia
Description

"Echinacea"  is derived from the Greek word echinos which means sea-urchin or hedgehog, referring 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.

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 promote more flowering.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Leaf miners, powdery mildew, bacterial spots, and gray mold. Vine weevils may feed on roots.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#pink#showy flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#early summer#wildlife plant#nectar plant#coneflower#cut flowers#mass planting#meadow#showy fruits#specialized bees#food source#daisy-like#vibrant#delighful#borders#humidity#pollinator plant#fall food source#mid-summer flowers#poor soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#pink#showy flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#early summer#wildlife plant#nectar plant#coneflower#cut flowers#mass planting#meadow#showy fruits#specialized bees#food source#daisy-like#vibrant#delighful#borders#humidity#pollinator plant#fall food source#mid-summer flowers#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Echinacea
    Species:
    angustifolia
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in traditional medicine.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Native bees and butterflies are attracted to the nectar in the flowers, birds enjoy the seeds if they are left on the plant.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Hot pink, salmon, purple, sometimes white disk flowers with a purple-brown cone of disk flowers in the center. The pollen color is yellow (which differentiates it from E. pallida's white pollen)
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    More heart-shaped leaves than E. purpurea.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Humidity
    Poor Soil