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Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Full sun preferred but will tolerate some shade, moderately wet to moderately dry soil, accepts most soils including clay, neutral pH.  3-5 ft. height, blooms in summer, purple flowers, re-seeds well.

Germination Code: A

Native Region:  Lightly in Middle Tennessee and  the Valley and Ridge province of eastern Tennessee

Blooms for a long period and is a very attractive, dependable wildflower.  Easy to grow. Attracts bees, a wide range of butterflies, and some moths including Sphinx moth.  Larval food for some butterflies and moths.  Goldfinches eat the seed.


57 responses to “Purple Coneflower

  1. Lauren C. January 20, 2018 at 2:07 am

    These are my favorite flowers.

  2. Bonnie Neilson January 20, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Looking forward to adding these to my butterfly garden 🦋

  3. Dianna January 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I absolute love cornflowers!

  4. Kim Halyak January 20, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I love Coneflower and will enjoy planting my seeds.

  5. Jared January 20, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I’ve always wanted to grow these flowers and am now beginning to get into Native plants. I have the perfect place for these flowers as a backdrop.

  6. Melissa Gonzales January 20, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I have a lot of butterflies, bees and birds on my property and would love to provide a long period of food for our native creatures. I believe it will also add beauty to the front of the yard where there’s wild grass & weeds.

  7. Lisa Deutsch January 20, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    . Purple Cone Flower is one of my favorite flowers to attracted buttrrflies. It attracts a variety of butterflies and has lasting blooms all summer. Especially beautiful planted in mass.

  8. Kathie Edwards January 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm

  9. Clay Larson January 20, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Coneflowers are great! They grow like weed once they are established, and the pollinators love them!

  10. Donna Richards January 20, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Coneflowers always add color to your garden. Purple is my favorite but lost mine in that really bad winter two years ago and just didn’t replace last year. I want to add this year. Looking forward to seeds

  11. Sierra January 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    The beautiful purple flowers are ones I remember seeing in my grandmother’s garden growing up. She was, and still is, a fan of flowers that attract butterflies.

  12. Elisabeth Denisar January 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    These will be amazing in our native wildflower meadow.

  13. Angi January 20, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    This is amazing and I’d love to add these to my house!

    Do you have other natives seeds for sale? I haven’t been here long enough to know what’s native yet.

    • joystewart February 10, 2018 at 2:52 am

      We don’t actually sell any seeds. Our website has a very nice list of places to buy seed, and you can check that list. Any plant in our database is in there because it is native to Tennessee and because the plants are available commercially (although sometimes a bit hard to find). If we can help you, please feel free to ask and we will do the best we can.

  14. ph0t0randi January 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Love the coneflower. Such a magnet for butterflies and bees. Such a delightful part of any yard.

  15. mary e lamb January 20, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Love making your yard a wildflower field!

  16. mary e lamb January 20, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Using native plants makes sense and provides repeat seasons.

  17. Diane Weaver January 20, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Tennessee coneflowers seed attracts birds

  18. Tinah Utsman January 20, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    I want to plant these because not only beautiful but the bees will love them!! 🐝

  19. Pam Jones January 21, 2018 at 12:17 am

    I love having native plants in my gardens and I love the fact that coneflowers attract bees, birds and butterflies.

  20. C Drake January 21, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Coneflowers are beautiful and best of all… they come back year after year.

  21. donnalsamuels January 22, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Purple coneflower plants draw in beautiful pollinators as well as bringing health and beauty into the garden space. In the winter – my goldfinches devour the seeds.

  22. b fowler January 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm

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

    • joystewart February 10, 2018 at 2:46 am

      I agree! I like to say that my purple coneflowers bloom twice. The first time they are rosy pink and the second time they are yellow (with the bright yellow goldfinches chowing down on the seed head).

  23. Nicole Berkheimer January 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    What are common problems of the purple coneflower? At my last house, my purple coneflower had white fluff growing on the stems and over time, they became very stunted.

    • joystewart February 10, 2018 at 2:49 am

      You got me with that question. I will check with my trusty horticultural friend and see what I learn. I have grown literally hundreds of them and never seen what you describe. I am almost wondering if you had two separate unrelated problems, one from insects and one from inadequate plant nutrition. I will let you know what I find out.

    • joystewart February 11, 2018 at 2:19 am

      Hi, Nicole. I talked to my friend. He said there are two possibilities regarding the “white fluff.” One is an insect called a spittle bug which creates a white foamy material in which to lay its eggs. The other is either powdery mildew or downy mildew which can be quite heavy and appear like a white fluff. Mildew is a fungus which creates a layer that blocks out sunlight and can cause a plant to become stunted. It is usually due to poor air circulation and/or not enough sunlight. Purple coneflower is a sun-loving prairie plant which needs good air circulation. Without actually seeing your plants, the best guess is the latter explanation. He couldn’t think of any other options that might explain the problem.

  24. Rachel January 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Beautiful and medicinal.

  25. Kathy Howell January 26, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Great flowers for bees and butterflies

  26. Charlene Denise Everett January 27, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good source of wildflower seeds to sow and plant with students at my school. Purple Coneflower would be a great choice.

  27. John Dee Thompson January 31, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    John D.T.
    Native Plants for Tennessee is a terrific resource. Thank you for putting all this together. The vines section will settle long running arguments! We look forward to growing some coneflowers.

  28. Sandra Bunting February 1, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    In my experience Purple Coneflower is the most resilient of all the colors of the Coneflower. The butterflies love this color. Easy to grown and maintain.

  29. Karen Creel February 1, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    I have several plants in my yard but have never tried them by sowing the seed. These will be great in my pollinator garden!

  30. Blenda Anderson February 2, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I have the perfect sunny bank to plant & watch the purple cone flowers grow.

  31. Candice clark February 2, 2018 at 12:32 am

    This plant is a personal favorite. Reliable year afternoon year, and great at naturally reseeding for new seedlings. I love studying the herbal use of the plant, and it is well known for its use in immunity support.

  32. Billie Hyndman February 2, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Food for Bees

  33. Angela Beaton February 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Still my favorite flower! I wish I had a yard full of them.

  34. Nick McIntosh February 3, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Great pollinator. Planted a 9 acre pollinator field thru quail unlimited and the cone flower was in the mix along with downy sunflower and other warm season plants.

  35. Val February 3, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I have the sunset hued coneflowers planted on the east side of the yard. They make me smile when in bloom, seeing how these delights lure butterflies and bees. So the purple variety would be a nice addition to my flower garden. I’m planning on growing them around the base of the bird bath.

  36. mr silva February 3, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    you can’t go wrong when growing purple coneflowers.
    a very easy perennial to cultivate.
    not to mention, i’ve read that this flower symbolizes strength.

  37. Mary Lou Reed February 5, 2018 at 9:33 am

    We’ve successfully transplanted several mature pirple cone flower plants we’ve bought but never tried growing them from seeds. Are there any special tips that make growing them from seeds fool proof?

    • joystewart February 10, 2018 at 2:43 am

      Purple coneflower is definitely one of the easier seeds to do. If you have a very sunny window or some plant lights, you can start the seed indoors in little plastic or peat pots around March 1. By May 1, you will have some nice healthy young plants to put outside. If you want to wait and plant the seed outdoors in late April, you will need to prepare the soil and remove any competing plants so the little seedlings get a good start. In the meantime, keep the seeds in a cool place. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes.

  38. Alison Wenzel February 5, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Looking forward to adding some color to our yard and to attract some butterflies with the coneflowers!

  39. MIMI LAPRE February 5, 2018 at 9:43 pm


  40. mary walling February 6, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I am new to gardening. I love these flowers and think that they would look lovely down the side of our shed.

  41. mary walling February 6, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I am new to gardening and I think that these lovely flowers would look great beside our shed

  42. CINDY BROOKS February 9, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Looking forward to planting these in my garden, had a volunteer come up in my garden last summer was hoping to get some more. Thank you for this opportunity.

  43. Clint E Rollins February 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Beautiful addition to the native landscape. Grow natives!!!

  44. Elizabeth Hamilton February 19, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I’m helping a friend with a native plant/permaculture project in east TN – these will be a perfect addition. Thank you! Where do I send address or pick up these seeds?

  45. Brenda Mosher March 2, 2018 at 3:56 am

    So excited to add these to my new garden in the side yard this year! Thank you so much!

  46. Rachel Encke March 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    What a great addition to our yard to attract butterflies, bees and goldfinches!

  47. Cindy Faller March 14, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I would love to add more of these beauties to the landscape of my Maryville yard. Please send some my way! Also, I’m looking for information on Native Pond Plants. Where on the site can I find this?

    • tnsynativeplants March 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Cindy, we don’t have a designated place for pond plants specifically on our site, but if you use our search bar and put in “wet” it should bring up most of the plants that like wet conditions and you can find out more about them and which ones would work in ponds. Also, we have an advanced search tab that can help you be more specific in what you are searching for. It’s a little bit of a learning curve since we are a non profit and had to get creative with a free site, :) but it might yield more specific results. Have fun exploring!!!

    • joystewart March 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Hi, Cindy. I was intrigued by your question and decided to see what I could turn up with a simple search of the database. Sometimes I am surprised by what I can get. So I just did a search using the word “pond” and it was quite productive. Of course, I also got tree species but most of the native plants that I know that work well in ponds came up.

  48. Kay McAvoy January 19, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I love the hummingbirds and and butterflies these attract. Were easy for me with my limited experience of growing flowers.

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