|Light:||Full Sun, Partial|
|Soil:||Sand, Loam, Clay|
|Benefits:||Pollinators, Birds, Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant|
|Blooms:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Zones:||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
This very popular native plant is perfect for both small gardens and large prairie meadows. Purple Coneflower blooms profusely for up to two months in mid to late summer and sometimes will re-bloom in the fall. The showy flowers are a favorite nectar source for butterflies, bees and myriad pollinators, including hummingbirds. Later in summer the large seedheads attract goldfinches and other birds.
Easy to grow, Purple Coneflower prefers full to partial sun and medium soil conditions. Growth is best in fertile loam, but it will tolerate clay or dryer conditions. It is somewhat drought resistant, but the entire plant may wilt if the soil becomes too dry in strong sunlight.
Today, Echinacea purpurea is uncommon in the wild, but is readily available commercially and the seed is often used in land restoration.
Native Habitat: Moist to mesic black soil prairies, edges and openings in woodlands, savannas, thickets, and limestone glades.
Other notes: Plants of the Echinacea genus were used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes and are still used today in herbal medicine and tea.