Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Pale Purple Coneflower

Pale Purple Coneflower

Echinacea pallida

Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, tolerates a wide range of soils including clay, circumneutral pH.   3-4 ft. height, blooms in summer, lavender flowers, will naturalize by re-seeding.

Germination Code:  C(90), M

Native Region:  Occurs only in 4 counties in Middle Tennessee — Montgomery, Rutherford, Coffee, and Franklin

Designated a “Threatened Species” in Tennessee.  Easy to grow from seed and is a long-lived, low maintenance plant.  Has narrower leaves and lighter purple flowers with narrower petals as compared to purple coneflower.  Long slender petals make an attractive silhouette swaying in the breeze.  Attracts butterflies and birds.


One response to “Pale Purple Coneflower

  1. joystewart August 28, 2013 at 2:28 am

    I think this is an under-appreciated plant for the garden. I planted them on a rather dry slope of clay soil and they don’t seem to mind. They bloom just before the purple coneflower. There is something about those long, very slender petals that gives them a kind of wispy appearance, which is an interesting contrast to those somewhat heavy, tall stems. I wish I had planted more of them.

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