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(Echinacea pallida)
Pale Purple Coneflower

Host Plant: Silvery Checkerspot

Nectar Plant: nectar plant to butterflies and hummingbirds

Flower Color: white to pale pinkish purple

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows to 4 feet tall

Range in North America: midwest and eastern North America with some gaps

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Soil Requirements: medium to dry well-drained soil

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Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)

Group of flowers of pale coneflower (Echinacea pallida) in a field.
Plants of Pale Purple Coneflower — SEWilco, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Alternative Names

Pale Coneflower

Description of Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)

Pale purple coneflower (Echinaea pallida), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 4 feet tall and has white to pale pinkish purple flowers that bloom in the spring and summer.

Hosted Species

Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

Silvery Checkerspot butterfly on a white background
Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly — Meganmccarty, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Nectar Species

This plant is a nectar plant to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Habitat

This coneflower grows in prairies, meadows, and open woodlands.

Range of Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) in the United States and Canada

Range map of pale coneflower (Echinacea pallida) in the United States and Canada.

Interesting Facts

This plant has been used by Native Americans for the treatment of insect stings and snake bites (NC Extension Gardener).

Native Location

Ontario, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9

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