Echinacea purpurea

eastern purple coneflower

Asteraceae (Compositae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-5 ft    Width: 2-3 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      pink,purple
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Works well in almost any garden with mixed wildflower species. North of Florida, this species is sometimes planted as single-species mass plantings.
Considerations: The range of this species barely enters Florida, and in the one county where it occurs naturally, it is rare.
Propagation: This species is easily grown from seed or by division of existing clumps.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: adaptable


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Attracts many pollinators, especially bees. small birds and other wildlife consume the seed.
Native Habitats: Upland glades, openings in upland mixed forests on calcareous soils.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Echinacea is believed by many people to stimulate the immune system

Other Comments:

Requires a reliable cold period to persist. In most of Florida it can be treated as an annual in gardens.