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Echinacea pallida

Pale Coneflower / Sweet-Scented Coneflower

Dark green leaves are the perfect backdrop for the large daisy-like blooms. The ray petals are relaxed and recurving giving the flower a delicate look but don’t be fooled this is a tough plant. Strong stems hold the flower upright. Coppery orange cones are visited by butterflies and other beneficial insects. In the fall, finches devour the seeds. Echinacea pallida is an adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soils. Plant in groups of three or more for best effect.

Benefits

Easy to Grow and drought tolerant
Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
Fragrant cut flower
Finches love the seeds in late summer and fall
Cones can be used in dried arrangements

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in full sun to part shade but flowers best in full sun. Adapts to drought, moist soil, heat, humidity and poor soil. Let flowers go to seed and you will find finches and other songbirds visiting the plants to eat the seed. Old flower stems will remain erect and interesting in the garden through winter.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
12-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-10

Native Range

Found in dry fields and rocky open woods from Maine to Wisconsin, south to Texas and Georgia.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

Echinacea comes from the Greek word "echinos" meaning hedgehog in reference to the spiny center cone.


"Cones provide plenty of nectar for butterflies in summer and if flower heads are not removed, they are often visited in winter by goldfinches."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Acidic
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Fragrant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Wind tolerant
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Missouri
Nebraska
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Wisconsin