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Echinacea laevigata

Common Name(s):
smooth purple cone flower
Categories:
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.

Echinacea laevigata is federally listed endangered species found in piedmont regions of the United States.  This echinacea looks similar to its relative Echinacea purpera.  They enjoy plenty of sun and are often spotted along roadways or sunny forested areas.  They grow well with calcium and magnesium rich soil.   It reproduces through rhizhomes and by seed.  This perennial blooms from May to July with narrow purple or light pink ray flowers that droop down and are about 8 cm long.  The disk flowers in the center rise in a cone shape and are a dark purple.  This flower is visited by honey and native bees for its nectar and birds in the winter if seed heads are not removed.    

 

This plant is resistant to predation by deer.

Season:
spring, summer
Height:
5 feet
Flower Color:
light pink, purple
Propagation:
rhizomes, seeds
Exposure:
full sun, partial shade
Soil:
likes high calcium, magnesium
Regions:
piedmont
Origin:
Piedmont regions of the United States
Tags:
native, piedmont, nectar, cone flowers, wildlife plant, butterflies, purple flowers, bee plant, deer resistant, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2872

Echinacea laevigata Echinacea laevigata
Steven Selberling, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Echinacea laevigata Flower
Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC-2.0