Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
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Deciduous Perennial Upright in the Asteraceae Family
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Purple Coneflower is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family that is native to central and eastern USA. It may grow 3 to 4 feet tall and produce  5 inch pinkish-purple flowers that mature in early summer through mid-fall. Leave some of the flower heads on to produce seeds for the birds.

This perennial is native to prairies, meadows and open woods in the midwest & southeastern US.  Because it is easy to grow, with showy flowers, attracts butterflies, and is deer resistant, hundreds of cultivars  (many not purple) have been introduced for the home garden.  The scientific name comes from the spiny central disk which looks like a hedgehog (Echino).

This is a popular and long-blooming plant for use in the native garden, meadows, pollinator gardens and naturalized areas. 



  • Love hot, sunny, dry conditions
  • Deer resistant
  • Heat/drought tolerant
  • Plant looks attractive even after flowers have gone by without deadheading
  • Seeds can feed birds over winter months
  • Tolerant of poor soil (but bloom best in nutrient-rich soil)
  • Make great cut flowers


  • Won’t thrive in shade
  • Don’t like wet feet
  • Need deadheading to get more blooms

Plant Data

Mature Size 24 - 60 inches tall. 12 - 24 inches wide.
Growth Rate Moderate
Moisture Tolerance Dry - Medium: Dry to Moist. Drought tolerant once established.
Zones 3a - 8b (Usually hardy to -40° F)
Tags Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Dry, Extended Bloom Time, Formal Garden, Full Sun, Good for Beginners, Good for Butterfly Garden, Good for Cottage Garden, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Rain Garden, Illinois Native, Low Maintenance, Medium, Most Popular, Native to North America, Normal Soil, Perennial, Popular For Fall, Prairie Garden, Rabbit Resistant, Showy Flowers, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Tolerant of Poor Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Winter Interest Deer Resistant Perennials, Large Perennials, Partial Sun Perennials, Pink or Red Flowering Perennials, Summer Blooming Perennials, White Flowering Perennials
Bloom Period June to August
Flower Color Purplish Pink
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Bee Balm, American Basket flower, Gentian, Cardinal Flower, Phlox, Goat's Beard, Coreopsis, Beard Tongue.

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Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass, Creme Caramel Coreopsis, Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower, Cantaloupe Coneflower, Sombrero Baja Burgundy Coneflower, Sombrero Blanco Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Alba White Coneflower, Queen Of The Prairie, Daylily, Papaya Popsicle Red Hot Poker, Munstead English Lavender, Prairie Blazing Star, Floristan White Spike Gayfeather, Showstar Blackfoot, Russian Sage, Wave Blue Petunia, Weeping Willow, East Friesland Meadow Sage, Rhapsody in Blue Wood Sage,
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