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Echinacea tennesseensis (Beadle) Small
Tennessee Purple Coneflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Echinacea angustifolia var. tennesseensis
USDA Symbol: ECTE3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
One of the nation's rarest wildflowers, it was the second plant listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in June 1979 (USFWS 1989).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: 1.5 to 2 feet tall, spreading 1 to 1.5 feet.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Native Distribution: Endemic to the Nashville, TN area.
Native Habitat: Occurs in limestone soils in cedar glade habitat.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
BenefitUse Ornamental: Makes a good cut flower. also used in dried floral arrangements.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Echinacea tennesseensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinacea tennesseensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinacea tennesseensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-26
Research By: DEW