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Eastern Purple Coneflower
|3-5 ft tall by 2-3 ft wide
|Winter dormant. Blooms spring-fall.
|Works well in almost any garden with mixed wildflower species. North of Florida, this species is sometimes planted as single-species mass plantings.
|The further south you go, the more short-lived this species gets. Except in extreme north Florida, treat as an annual or at least don't assume that it will be a long-lasting perennial.
|This species is easily grown from seed or by division of existing clumps.
|Big box stores, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries, Seed
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
|Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:
|Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:
|Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
|Soil or other substrate:
|Clay, Loam, Sand
Small birds and small mammals consume the seed.
Attracts many pollinators, especially bees.
|Upland glades, openings in upland mixed forests on calcareous soils.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Echinacea is believed by many people to stimulate the immune system
Requires a reliable cold period to persist. In most of Florida it can be treated as an annual in gardens.
Listed as Endangered by the State of Florida. While this is a common garden plant in the north, its range barely reaches Florida, and it is rare and exists only in a highly specific habitate in the wild.