(24-36" tall x 12-18" wide) Native to much of the central and eastern US, Pale Purple Coneflower is a must-have flower for meadows and native plantings. Don't let its delicate appearance fool you — this species, like other Echinacea, is hardy, durable, easy to grow, and readily naturalizes to form extensive stands. Its pollinator-friendly flowers bloom from early to mid-summer — an especially important time because nectar and pollen are sometimes scarce until summer flowers reach full bloom. Pale Purple Coneflower is also a host plant for the larvae of the Ottoe-skipper butterfly, a once-common prairie butterfly whose populations are diminishing due to loss of its native prairie habitat. Native Americans used this species in medicinal practices long before the European settlers arrived on the continent. This species blooms slightly ahead of other Purple Coneflowers, so plant both types so you and the pollinators can enjoy a full summer's worth of blooms. The fragrant blooms make lovely cut flowers. Allow some blooms to remain on the plant to form seed heads, which will draw birds from near and far. Plant this deer-resistant beauty in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Once established, it will tolerate heat, humidity, and moderate drought. Avoid wet spots, which can lead to root rot. Super-adaptable, it grows in zones 3-10.
AM018887 (Plant - 3" Pot)
AM018919 (Tray of 16)
Pale Purple Coneflower
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Early to mid summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Narrow lance shaped green foliage.
Clay Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Dry, Well Draining
Heat, Dry Sites, Salt, Humidity
Attract Butterflies, Easy To Grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Cut Flowers, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Foliage provides food for the Ottoe-skipper larva. Recognized by the Xerces Society for special value to Native Bees. Goldfinches eat the seeds.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
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