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Echinacea tennesseensis is often confused with:
Echinacea purpurea Echinacea purpurea
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Echinacea angustifolia Echinacea angustifolia
Chrysopsis mariana Chrysopsis mariana
Salvia nemorosa

Echinacea tennesseensis

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Description

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, 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.  It was once listed as an endangered species but conservation efforts have removed it from that list.  This Tenessee native is similar to E. purpurea (native to Missouri), except it is less vigorous and smaller,  with more linear and narrow leaves and a vertical rootstock, and those outward-facing ray flowers.  If you want to harvest and grow plants from seed it has to be planted several miles away from other Echinacea plants as they will crossbreed and will not grow true to type.  

Mass plant this perennial in a border, or let it naturalize in a meadow, or in a woodland garden.

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

 

 

 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#pink#showy flowers#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#slow growing#nectar plant#coneflower#low maintenance#mass planting#flower arrangements#dried flowers#food source#dry soil tolerant#deer resistant#daisy-like#vibrant#bright colors#long bloom time#shallow rocky soil#woodland#borders#wildflower garden#naturalized area
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Echinacea
    Species:
    tennesseensis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tennessee
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract birds and butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Wildflower
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • 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 Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    It has hairy dark green lanceolate leaves that form a basal whorl at the base with only a few leaves along stems.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil