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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.


  • 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.

2-3 Feet


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
  • Sun
  • 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
  • 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