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Echinacea tennesseensis

Tennessee Coneflower

Many wonderful pastel pink, flat-topped flowers with green and burgundy cones track the sun like sunflowers. Tennessee coneflower is a great choice for hot dry sites that are difficult for other species. Compact, easy-to-grow, vigorous, and very floriferous. This endangered species may be grown in the same manner as other coneflowers by massing in the border, meadow, naturalized area or wildflower garden.

Benefits

Attracts butterflies in large numbers
Hummingbirds thrive on the sweet nectar
Finches crave its seed in the fall
Long blooming and a colorful cut flower
Drought tolerant once established
Looks terrific planted with native grasses

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Full sun in well drained soils. Prefers moist soils, but once established will tolerate dry soils. Does not benefit from additional fertility, which can cause weaker stems.


Height
20-30 Inches

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USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Federally endangered, it is currently only found in three counties in Tennessee.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

Known only from five populations within a 14 mile radius in Middle Tennessee, it was the second plant listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in June 1979. First listed in the Flora of Tennessee in 1906, the plant was thought to be extinct for half a century until it was rediscovered in 1968 in LaVergne (near Nashville). This site was destroyed by the construction of a trailer park in the 1970's. 


"Coneflowers are one of the best sources of nectar for butterfiles throughout the summer. Plant in drifts to attract many species!"

Good Companions
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Wind tolerant
Native to
Tennessee