Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants


*Update: Thanks to all who participated in this event, all seed packets have been distributed. :)

Free Seed Give-a-Way!! Extended to March 15th, 2018!

Receive a FREE package of Purple Coneflower seeds when you leave a comment on a native plant featured on our website!*

We still have Purple Coneflower seed available! Therefore, we are extending the end date to March 15 while supplies last. Tennessee Smart Yards is giving away a packet of Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seed (350 seeds) when you post a comment on a plant in the TNSY Native Plant databaseLimit 1 packet per comment and two comments per person.  This is a wonderful chance to get a free package of native seed to try in your garden plus a chance to help others learn more about native plants based on your own experience. Please post the comment directly on the specific plant (not on this seed give-a-way blog) and provide helpful information or observations about the plant to assist other people who are viewing your comment.

First post a comment on the website then e-mail us your mailing address to tnyards@gmail.com, and we will send you a free seed packet!  Your information, address, and email is never shared with any other party.  If you are not familiar with this plant be sure to read about it here: https://tynnativeplants.wordpress.com/flowers/common-name/purple-coneflower/

* This offer is only available to U.S. residents while supplies last. Unfortunately international shipping is not available at this time.


124 responses to “FREE SEED GIVE-A-WAY!

  1. Vicki May January 20, 2018 at 1:44 am

    To attract butterflies and hummingbirds I’ve planted native Bee Balm. It blooms in June through late summer. It does best in full sun, but will be okay with part shade. It likes moist soil, so add compost and water frequently when the weather is hot and dry. Be prepared to dodge the hummingbirds when you’re watering!

  2. megsmissionblog January 20, 2018 at 1:44 am

    My yard in Maryville would love this!!!!

  3. Mandy January 20, 2018 at 1:55 am

    This would be an awesome addition to my yard

  4. Sherl Rose January 20, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Cone flowers are excellent plants for pollinators and finches love the seed heads.

  5. FRED TYMESON January 20, 2018 at 2:31 am

    We just moved to Eastern Tennessee and are happy that we found your website. We have 3/4 acres of land that we hope to landscape with native plants. The free seeds will help get us started;

  6. Veronica Plain January 20, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Love coneflower. Being new to TN, just barely three years, still working on adding native plants to our ridge! Have manages to get some bergamot going, along with some native grasses and ornamental trees. Still have lots of amending to do as the soil is quite clay, but I do know coneflowers are lovers of poorer soil, so thank you for this opportunity!
    Veronica Plain

  7. Debby Piller January 20, 2018 at 2:57 am

    These are my favorite flowers. Our bees love them! Would love to have more on our farm! Thank you!

  8. Mike Holt January 20, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Saw this on Tennessee Master Gardeners Facebook . I wasn’t familiar with Native Plants of Tennessee or Smart Yards. I’ve moved from West Tennessee to East Tennessee with a yard that is largely a blank slate. I think using natives is a great idea. Coneflowers are native plants and favored by pollinators. Can’t go wrong!

  9. Tammy Elliott 304 n24st, M'boro Ky 40965 January 20, 2018 at 3:16 am

    I painted my kitchen purple coneflower

  10. Tammy Elliott 304 n24st, M'boro Ky 40965 January 20, 2018 at 3:17 am

    I love the color of the purple coneflowers.

  11. Michelle Eule January 20, 2018 at 3:59 am

    I am wanting to try these in my flower beds this year. I hope to start in my greenhouse 😃

  12. Michelle Rule January 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

    I am wanting to try these beauties in my flower bed this year. I did not know they were native to our area!

  13. Becky Wilson January 20, 2018 at 4:03 am

    This is a great site. Good information and beautiful pictures!

  14. DarleneG January 20, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I am currently making my first ever tincture and it happens to be Enchinacea Augustifolia. I would treasure having the purpurea seeds. Thanks

  15. Cindy Vaughn January 20, 2018 at 4:47 am

    This is awesome!!

  16. Ann Duncan January 20, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Love Coneflowers! Thanks for this offer of free seeds!

  17. Marsha Lehman January 20, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Nice way to encourage people to plant some native wildflowers.

  18. Marsha Lehman January 20, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for using the Latin botanical name, Echinacea purpurea. The more people start to see the Latin, the better the chance they will start to use the botanical name.

  19. callalilly4me January 20, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Great organization! I have been to several workshops and all were very good. The newsletter is awesome too!

  20. Lisa DeSmidt January 20, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Hi! I would love the free seeds! Such beautiful flowers.

  21. Kelly Winston January 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    My neighbor’s bees will appreciate a few more flowers to sup from!

  22. Kelly Morgan Phillips January 20, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Love the coneflower”s long lasting blooms, Looking forward to spring!

  23. Deb Benard January 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    A beautiful pink flowers and a butterflies delight. 🦋🌸

  24. Kathy lee January 20, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I would love some flower seeds :)

  25. Claire Murphy January 20, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I would love to have the beautiful coneheads in my fields! I’m a novice gardener new to TN. I’m trying out native plants that will re-seed well and attract the bees and butterflies that will assist with my vegetable and flower gardens. Thank you for this opportunity to try the Coneheads!!

  26. Larry Vanover January 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    An excellent border plant that draws the most pollinators and butterflies to my yard in Middle Tennessee.

  27. Dianne January 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Working on creating a habitat for our pollinators. These would be great.

  28. Sandy Schlicht January 20, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    What a great opportunity to get Purple a Coneflower seeds.

  29. Emily January 20, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Purple coneflowers were once used as a medicinal.
    This flower is a perennial and can be divided in thee fall.

  30. Kathie Edwards January 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Oh my gosh… How wonderful it this? I just bought a house with 2 acres and plan to make it a native plant oasis.. This will sure help. Thank you so much.

  31. Carole Randolph January 20, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Purple coneflowers would be perfect for my little flower bed. I have made some poor choices of flowers in the past for planting where they get full sunlight (my home faces west). And such a lovely color is a wonderful bonus!

  32. b fowler January 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    love coneflower in my butterfly garden! the goldfinches love it best in the fall–so leave the seedheads!

  33. Ailene January 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    A beautiful flower that bees love.

  34. Kris Murphy January 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Purple coneflowers are one of my favorite Native Tennessee plants. These are easy to grow even in clay soil and moderate water. These are great for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard.

  35. Kimberly Park January 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you for the free seed offer! Love native plants to our state.

  36. Nancy Hunter January 20, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I love purple coneflowers…

  37. Eloise Orbin January 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    These are wonderful flowers and so easy to care for, with lots of sun!

  38. Heather Ashby January 20, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I love those flowers and would love to add to my yard!

  39. Lynn Vincent January 20, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I have two bee hives, these cone flowers are wonderful to plant for bees!

  40. Marion Cleeek January 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for the seeds!Purple is my favorite color!

  41. Tabitha McIntosh January 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    The purple coneflower requires at least 5 hours of full sun to keep their shape. They can be planted either in the spring or fall. It’s possible for them to cross pollinate with other varieties as well.

  42. Tabitha McIntosh January 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Coneflowers start blooming in early to mid-summer and repeat bloom through frost. They may take a break after their initial bloom period, but they will quickly set more flower buds.

  43. Febbie smith January 20, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    These coneflowers are beautiful. I would libe to attract little beauties to them on my yard

  44. Becky hicks January 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    This is my first year in Tennessee, and I’m super excited to be able to grow such a wide variety of plants. I’m from Alaska so we also used a greenhouse for everything in the spring. So many exciting and new things down here!

  45. Bridget Bryant January 20, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Not only are these flowers beautiful they also have great health benefits. The roof can be used as a medicine to help boost your immune system and help get rid of coughs.

  46. Jessica Hawk January 20, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Love, love, love this flower!!!

  47. Rick Conger January 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Coneflowers are a summer staple in Tennessee.

  48. Jessica Hawk January 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    These are my favorite flowers!

  49. Stephanie Bain January 20, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I think it is so important to keep native flowers growing!!!!

  50. Beverly Walker January 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Would love to have these beauties for my yard!

  51. Brenda Tate January 20, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    i love coneflowers

  52. Rebecca badgett January 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Would love to see more wild flowers at interstate exits. Think they look so pretty. In the meantime, I try to fill my own yard with flowers and would love the coneflowers. Thanks.

  53. lynn sacco January 20, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Love this!!

  54. Elisabeth Denisar January 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    We have a meadow area that we are converting to a native wildflower area for birds and bees and other critters. Thanks for asking this available!

  55. wlcisco January 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    The purple coneflower is a popular pollinator found in Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek (www.jacobfrancisco.com) in Johnson City, Tennessee.

  56. Taylor Henning January 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Echinacea was used by the Native Americans for so many things. It’s still used today in alternative medicine to help fight infections and boost the immune system.

  57. wlcisco January 20, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    The purple coneflower is popular with the pollinators found in Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek (www.jacobfrancisco.com) in Johnson City, Tennessee.

  58. Brenda mcbroom January 20, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    I miss my Tennessee roots. Living in SC now I find I can’t grow a lot of my childhood favorites but I think the purple coneflower is hardy and I’m going to give it a try! Thank you!

  59. Rebecca Brafford January 20, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I’m very excited to get some coneflower seeds, Echinacea is a great plant, very beneficial and beautiful!
    P.O.Box 302
    Alcoa TN 37701

  60. Rebecca Henry January 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Love these pretty medicinal flowers. Poster plant for native-plant gardening. A must for local gardeners. I’m sending you my email with my address in hopes of getting a packet of seeds. TY.

  61. Mollie Malone January 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Love coneflowers. Planted two last spring and can’t wait to see them bloom again this year. I would love more to plant throughout my gardens.

  62. Elizabeth M Leach January 20, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    I am in the process of naturalizing an area of my yard specifically for pollinators. I would love the seeds, and I look forward to following your site on Facebook.

  63. Dorothy January 20, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Purple come flower aka echinacea, is an amazing remedy for colds and a wonderful addition to your herbal medicine Arsenal! I already make and use elderberry syrup and fire cider, but as of right now the only thing missing from my amazing fire cider is the extra potency that would be added from including echinacea to it! This is one herb I have really wanted to have in hand and would be honored to receive seeds to help keep my family healthy!

  64. Mitch Grace January 20, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Coneflowers are beautiful, easy to grow and loved by pollinators!

  65. Patty Street January 20, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Beautiful Coneflowers always cause a smile

  66. Nicole Leasure January 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    I love purple coneflowers! My TN flowerbed needs some.

  67. Joy Whitt January 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I love knowing about and seeing native flowers and plants in this region.

  68. Ann Thorne January 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I love planting seeds..any kind..especially the ones that attracts butterflies..love gardening

  69. Robin Skeen January 20, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I love all coneflowers and other native plants. Purple coneflowers look nice planted with black eyes Susans and orange Cosmos. For less contrast in color, plant them with pink and purple Cleome. Either way, they will be a hit. They like direct sun and grow well in my Zone 6b. They are pretty drought tolerant.

  70. Becky ford January 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I love the purple coneflower, it is low maintence & drought resistant

  71. Vickie Wilburn January 20, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) are not only pretty and add color to your yard but they attract butterflies and songbirds to your garden. easy to grow. Try some today!

  72. Pat Bolton January 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for making the seeds available! I will plant them in my backyard.

  73. Ann Thorne January 20, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Love coneflowers. Ann Thorne
    204 Twin Oak Dr.
    Murfreesboro.Tn. 37130ann thorne

  74. Joan Weser January 20, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    So glad to find this site!! Didn’t know about it.

  75. Michelle January 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Please send me the free coneflower seeds!

  76. Rita Wilson January 20, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Love the color of the coneflower, & have seen it in a hot pink seed, but I think it isn’t a wild flower seed. These in the picture are a beautiful color that would go well with all the wild yellow with the black center ( don’t know the name )

  77. Tammy Bond January 20, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Love flowers

  78. Debra Linde January 21, 2018 at 12:05 am

    These always make me Smile 😊

  79. Krista Etter January 21, 2018 at 2:28 am

    My plan is to plant these on the bank in front of our house. Lots of morning sun. I want to plant something on the bank neighbors can enjoy and that bees will love.

  80. Kelly January 21, 2018 at 4:03 am

    I love coneflowers!!

  81. Liz May January 21, 2018 at 5:19 am

    I love having more information on native plants. Love the cone flowers. Butterflies live them also.

  82. Marissa January 21, 2018 at 6:13 am

    I love driving around Tennessee and seeing all the beautiful colors. I’ve been trying to add more color to my garden!

  83. Barbara Parker January 21, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I am a real novice at growing flowers, but desire to plant more native plants to attract bees and birds, especially hummingbirds. I live in a new neighborhood and only had one bee this past summer. I have filled my small garden in front of my house and I now want to start filling my backyard with flowers. The Cone Flower would be a perfect addition to the hydrangeas I’m cultivating.

  84. Marilyn Newell January 21, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I have recently discovered another native plant that I love. Columbine loves full sun and the hummingbirds love to visit them. Beautiful flowers and blooms all summer long. Bees love them too! Eat local honey to reap the benefits! Gonna love planting these cone flowers.

  85. Sandra Long January 21, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Purple Coneflowers are beautiful!

  86. Terry Byrge January 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    One of my favorite plants! The beautiful color stands out in a garden, , it’s a very hardy plant thats stands tall and will multiple. Easy grower and the bees love it, just another plus!

  87. Tamara DeGennaro January 21, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    So glad to learn of you! Will follow.

  88. Nancy cassidy January 21, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I love coneflowers. And would like a whole garden of them! Sigh…..

  89. CHRISTINE ESPOSITO January 21, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    What a great way to introduce new gardners into planting!!

  90. John Parks January 21, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I would love these seeds to go around our school garden here in Franklin.

  91. Donna Albright January 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Love this flower. It will last for several months and the bees and butterflies love them.

  92. Sue Neely January 22, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Cone Cone flowers are beautiful and very hardy. They are excellent plants for that sunny location in our yards. I love to see the birds they bring to my yard also.

  93. Cindy Sheldon January 23, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Love coneflowers and have never seen this website. Saved as favorite!

  94. Susan Lobo January 23, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Thank you for helping us re-flower our lawns gardens fields with beautiful native blooms. It’s encouraging ! I have never grown Echinacea from seed, but it seems to love my poor soil and summer’s dry heat.

  95. Susan Lobo January 23, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Thank you for helping us re-flower our lawns gardens fields with beautiful native blooms. It’s encouraging ! I have never grown Echinacea from seed, but it seems to love my poor soil and summer’s dry heat.

  96. Darcie January 24, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    We moved to TN and into our house approx 4 years ago. Our yard would benefit dearly from flowers & plants native to this area. I love the idea of adding color and having something to offer the bees and birds. Many thanks.

  97. Janie Woodard January 26, 2018 at 3:56 am

    I love my few purple coneflowers that I started this year. Can’t wait to add more to my garden.

  98. Janie Woodard January 26, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Thank you for this opportunity to add more purple coneflowers to my garden.

  99. KC JOHNSON January 26, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I have 6 acres that are a mess of exotic invasives (Japanese honeysuckle, mimosas, nandina, privet, Japanese stiltgrass, Amur honeysuckle bushes, etc. etc.). Whenever I find a native that fills in and spreads, like fothergilla, sweetshrub, coneflowers, phacelia or bee balm, I shove it in after removing the invasives from an area. If they don’t like where I put them, they seem to move themselves (birds and animals LOVE native seeds). Once they get established, it’s that much easier to keep the unwanteds out.

    • joystewart January 31, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      That sounds like a really good strategy for replacing exotics! I agree that plants are good at moving around until they find just the place they like best. Other possibilities to check out (for more aggressive plants that compete well with weeds) are Canada Anemone (let me know if you want some!), wild bergamont, River Oats (grass), and American Hazelnut (shrub).

  100. Susan Reynolds January 28, 2018 at 2:38 am

    I love coneflowers- all colors. I have some in one area of my garden and the hummingbirds and bees cover them taking turns feeding. Thanks for seeds

  101. Joseph Hutchings February 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I am a college instructor at Chattanooga State and sustainability and native plants are part of my curriculum. Would love to receive some seed please!

  102. Barbara Davis February 2, 2018 at 12:38 am

    This is so awesome. We are new to East Tennessee and looking to plant more perennials that will attract birds and bees.

  103. Robbie Summerour February 2, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    I love Purple Coneflower. I would love to grow them in my Straw Bales within my vegetables. It would be great to have a natural way to bring hummingbirds and bees to my garden. Thank you

  104. Bobbi Heneisen February 2, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I love cone flowers. Always looking for a new variety

  105. Nancy W Williams February 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    They provide us with color and food for pollinators in summer, and then in fall and winter they provide seed for the finches. They love love them. Great native plant!

  106. Lauren Lyons February 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Coneflowers prefer neutral soil and can tolerate clay soils. They are great for attracting pollinators including bees, butterflies, and some birds!

  107. Terry Domingue February 11, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Would love to plant the cornflower seeds in my yard heon Longtown, Ms.

  108. Kelley Loveless February 21, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Would love to plant some with my environmental class!

  109. isaac standifird February 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Just found your site and am excited to explore and learn. I am in the process of killing all my grass, a little at a time, and growing native plants for looks and to nourish native winged wildlife. My current search is for groundcover, so far I have used mini clover, encouraged wild strawberry that is in place and have sprouted some Herniaria Gglabra. I am in southwest Indiana but much of what you do in Tenn should help me here.

  110. Peggy Evans February 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I am getting ready to order some TN native plant seeds. I am going to start here

  111. Tom Schirtz February 24, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    New to TN and trying to get this yard fully native. These will be a great start!

  112. Daniel. Holmes February 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    We’ve never grown coneflowers. This would look great in our flower bed.

  113. Jennifer Pleasants March 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I’m so ready to turn my yard into a smart yard! Purple coneflowers will make a colorful addition. Thank you for the information on rain gardens. I’m also learning about swales. Thank you!

  114. Deborah Howerton March 10, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Love purple coneflowers, not only for the color but also for the long season they have & their adaptability. My granddaughter is helping me plant a butterfly garden this year & I love that it attracts birds! We are great lovers of bird!

  115. Sharon Lindsey March 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Come flowers are beautiful !

  116. Cynthia Green March 19, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I love coneflowers and look forward to growing some with your free seeds!

  117. Dawn Jones November 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I love this site. Recently moved to East Tennessee and reestablishing my new yard. Thanks for the tips.

  118. scott pringle January 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    new to Tennessee and have not seen these anywhere. Have bees and 10 acres love to add these to the property!

    • joystewart January 9, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      Unfortunately the free seed give-away is over but you can easily find Purple Coneflower seeds. They are easy to grow and you would get both butterflies and bees. It sounds like your property is very nice.

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