Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Host Plant: none

Nectar Plant: nectar plant to numerous butterflies and bees

Flower Color: pink to purple

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows to 4 feet tall

Range in North America: midwest and eastern North America

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Soil Requirements: medium moisture, but will tolerate most conditions

Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Rudbeckia

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), a member of Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 4 feet tall and has pink to purple flowers that bloom in the summer and fall.

Purple coneflower is a nectar plant to numerous butterflies.

Coneflower is often found in prairies, meadows, and open woodlands.  It is native to most of eastern North America.

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

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Links


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

NC State Extension Gardener


Growit Buildit



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