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Coneflower, Yellow

Echinacea paradoxa

Unusual yellow colored coneflower is a pretty partner to pale purple coneflower, and it has fragrant flowers.

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This perennial species is unusual among the coneflower species as it has yellow flowers as opposed to the more common purple. Coneflowers were used by Native Americans for a variety of medicinal purposes including cure of rattlesnake bites and as a painkiller for toothaches, sore throats, coughs and other ailments; anyone who has chewed on the seeds can vouch for the numbing properties. Research has verified coneflowers to have mild antibiotic activity, wound healing properties, and perhaps it is most well-known for the ability to stimulate the immune system (Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie by Kindscher); root digging for pharmaceutical use has decimated many wild populations. This species is also called Bush’s Coneflower. The Latin name, Echinacea, refers to the spiny cone’s resemblance to a hedgehog while paradoxa refers to the paradox of its yellow color.

Wildlife notes

Goldfinches and other birds as well as small mammals enjoy the seeds of Yellow Coneflower. It is an important plant for many native bee and butterfly species.

Forage notes

The coneflowers are highly palatable to livestock. They are high quality forage, especially in early spring. Under continuous grazing, however, coneflowers are grazed out.

Landscaping notes

Yellow Coneflower is a beautiful addition to wildflower meadows. They enjoy dry sites in full sun. It is not aggressive and “shares well” with other plants. It is a pretty partner to Pale Purple Coneflower, New Jersey Tea, Purple & White Prairie Clover, and the earlier blooming Wild Bergamot. The flowers make beautiful cut flowers. This species is deer resistant.

Restoration notes

This species is native to the Ozarks, especially the western part. It is found on limestone and dolomite glades, upland prairies, and savannas. It works well in restorations on dry, full sun sites.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

14 bulk lbs/acre, 11.2 PLS lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

May, Jun


Yellow petals with a brown center

Specialty Uses

Butterfly, Landscaping, Cut Flower, Medicinal

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq ft.

What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.