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Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

A butterfly favorite; goldfinches love the seeds; blooms mid-summer and again in early fall



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Echinacea purpurea, commonly called purple coneflower, is a native perennial forb (wildflower) that grows in moist prairies, meadows and open woods of the central to southeastern United States.

Wildlife notes

The flowers are cross-pollinated by long-tongued bees, bee flies, Halictid bees, butterflies, and skippers. Among long-tongued bees, are such visitors as honeybees, bumblebees, digger bees (Melissodes spp.), and leaf-cutting bees (Megachile spp.). Butterfly visitors include Monarchs, Fritillaries, Painted Ladies, Swallowtails, Sulfurs, and Whites. The caterpillars of the butterfly Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) feed on the foliage, while the caterpillars of several moths feed on the flowerheads. The Eastern Goldfinch occasionally eats the seeds during the summer and early fall.

Forage notes

Livestock find this plant quite palatable during the growing season.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. An adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants usually rebloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance. Freely self-seeds if at least some of the seed heads are left in place. Good fresh cut or dried flower. Excellent, long-blooming flower for massing in the border, meadow, native plant garden, naturalized area, wildflower garden or part shade area of woodland garden. Often massed with black-eyed Susans (rudbeckias).

Restoration notes

Habitats include moist to mesic black soil prairies, edges and openings in woodlands, savannas, thickets, and limestone glades.

This species is commonly used in the following mixes: Shadows & Sunbeams Mix, Buck’s Hangout Mix, Butterfly & Hummingbird Mix,

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

8 bulk lbs/acre





Bloom Month

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


Red, Pink

Specialty Uses

Hummingbird, Landscaping, Cut Flower, Medicinal

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


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.