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Echinacea tennesseensis is often confused with:
Echinacea purpurea Flowers (Wake County, NC)
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Viola pedata Viola pedata
Echinacea angustifolia Echinacea angustifolia
Thymus vulgaris Thymus vulgaris

Echinacea tennesseensis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ek-in-AY-shee-a ten-eh-see-EN-sis
Description

Tennesse Coneflower is a relatively slow-growing herbaceous perennial is in the Asteraceae family. It is only found in an area around Nashville and was once on the endangered list but has since been removed.   "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.

Stems are topped with erect pink-purple ray flowers (many Echinacea's ray flowers bend backward) and bright orange disk cones from June to August.  It will cross-pollinate with other Echinaceas.  If you want to harvest and grow plants from seed it has to be planted several miles away from other Coneflowers plants as they will crossbreed and will not grow true to type.  

Tennesse Coneflower will grow in average moist to dry soils in full sun to part shade. Mass plant this perennial in a border, or let it naturalize in a meadow, or in a woodland garden. Pollinators will visit the flowers and finches will eat the seeds.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.  Japanese beetles are occasional pests.  Leaf spot occurs rarely.

 

 

 

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Rocky top’
    Compact form to 30 inches
‘Rocky top’
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#slow growing#nectar plant#coneflower#low maintenance#mass planting#flower arrangements#food source wildlife#deer resistant#daisy-like#vibrant#long bloom time#border planting#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#naturalized area#dried arrangements#larval host plant#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#bee friendly#woodland garden#wavy-lined emerald butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Rocky top’
    Compact form to 30 inches
‘Rocky top’
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#slow growing#nectar plant#coneflower#low maintenance#mass planting#flower arrangements#food source wildlife#deer resistant#daisy-like#vibrant#long bloom time#border planting#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#naturalized area#dried arrangements#larval host plant#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#bee friendly#woodland garden#wavy-lined emerald butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Echinacea
    Species:
    tennesseensis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tennessee
    Distribution:
    Tennesse
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant supports Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata) larvae. Flowers attract birds and butterflies. Finches will eat the seeds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wildlife Larval Host
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Cream/Tan
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Brown to tan achenes in summer to fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Bright purple ray florets with a pointy cone of orange disk flowers in the center in summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Rosulate
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    It has hairy dark green lanceolate to linear leaves that form a basal whorl at the base and are 2-4.5 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Stem leaves are smaller, sparser and alternate up the stem
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Yellow-green to light green, round, hairy stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil