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Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow coneflower)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Echinacea paradoxa

Echinacea paradoxa (J.B.S. Norton) Britton

Yellow Coneflower, Yellow Echinacea

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: ECPA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The yellow rays are strongly downturned and the disc is dark brown. The 2-3 ft. flower stalks are sturdy and straight, with solitary terminal flowers, and are smooth or slightly hairy. The basal leaves are long and slender or very narrowly lanceolate.

A similar species, Echinacea atrorubens, occurs in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Yellow or pinkish to white.


USA: AR , MO , OK , TX
Native Distribution: S.c. MO & n.c. AR
Native Habitat: Prairies; glades; limestone slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Average, slightly basic soils.
Conditions Comments: The similar Echinacea atrorubens occurs in KS, OK & TX.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1985 VOL. 2, NO.2 - Guide to Black-Eyed Susan, Parkways, Wildflowers for the East, Arboretum Mall to...
Wildflower Newsletter 1996 VOL. 13, NO.2 - Annual Wildflower Days Festival, Wildflower Center Hotline, The Visitor Experien...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Echinacea paradoxa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinacea paradoxa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinacea paradoxa


Record Modified: 2022-12-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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