Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Tennessee Coneflower

Tennessee Coneflower

Echinacea tennesseensis

Full to part sun; medium to dry moisture level; tolerates a wide range of soils but prefers sandy; very strongly acid to moderately alkaline pH but prefers acidic.  1-2 ft. height, blooms in summer, rose purple flowers.

Germination Code:  C(60)

Native Region:  Rare plant found near Nashville in specialized environment of the Central Basin’s cedar glades.

This plant only occurs in the state of Tennessee, where it is designated an “Endangered Species.”  If planted with other species of Echinacea, it may be crowded out due to its less vigorous growth habit.  Showy, long-lived plant that is easy to grow but must be grown in isolation from other species of Echinacea in order to harvest seed that retains its genetic integrity.  Quite drought tolerant once established.  Do not fertilize as this causes weaker stems.  May be divided every 4 years to maintain vigor. Attracts birds and butterflies.


2 responses to “Tennessee Coneflower

  1. Mel Lo January 20, 2018 at 12:49 am

    A favorite in my habitat but they do get a good deal taller than 2 ft so they will flop over. Unlike Echinacea purpurea these will continue to produce blooms until very late fall.

  2. Nancy Snope January 20, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    This is a fabulous native flower and so easy to grow. It is a beautiful flower for our enjoyment and native pollinators love this flower too! Plant as many as you can to help our bees and butterflies.

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