Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Echinacea pallida (Nutt.) Nutt.
Pale purple coneflower, Pale coneflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Stout stems, 2-4 ft. tall, bear flowerheads having lavender, or rarely white, rays drooping from a large, spiny, cone-shaped center. The ray
flowers vary in length and width. Coarse-haired, narrowly lance-shaped leaves are attached to the plant near its base.
A sometimes aggressive plant that shows off best and benefits from mixing with grasses. The only Echinacea native
to Ontario. (Ontario Native
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen Inflorescence: Head Size Notes:
Usually around 3 feet tall Leaf:
Flowers 3 to 5 inches across
Dark Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Color ranges from a pink so pale it almost appears white to rose.
AL , AR , CT , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , LA , ME , MA , MI , MO , NE , NY , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI Canada: ON Native Distribution:
WI to e. KS, s. to GA & e. TX; rare east of Mississippi River. Native Habitat:
Prairies; open, wooded hillsides; pinelands USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2) , Acidic (pH<6.8) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to dry, acid or lime soils, preferably rich
BenefitUse Ornamental: An attractive bloomer for flower gardens and meadows.
Use Wildlife: Attracts bees.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes