Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea

Purple Coneflower is native to moist prairies and open woods of the central to southeastern United States. It typically grows to 2-4′ tall and is heat and drought-tolerant once established. Purple Coneflower offers showy, daisy-like blooms throughout the summer that sit atop strong stiff stems. Blooms appear from June until September and some Purple Coneflowers may re-bloom in the fall. Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos meaning hedgehog in reference to the flower’s spiny center cone.

USDA Zone 4-8
Plant Spacing 18-24"
Sun Exposure Full Sun / Part Shade
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic Mesic (Medium) Dry-Mesic
Height 4 feet
Bloom Time July – Sept


Purple Coneflower attract long-tongued bees and butterflies. The nectar and pollen rich flowers are especially appealing to butterflies like skippers and eastern tiger swallowtails. They also attract the American goldfinch who enjoy eating the seed. Purple Coneflower can have prolonged blooming by deadheading, but try to refrain from cutting back until late summer or fall to allow seed heads to form, providing winter food for the goldfinch.


Purple Coneflower may be the most iconic of all prairie plants. Purple Coneflower has a fibrous root system with short woody rhizomes. It is a drought-tolerant perennial that is also deer resistant.

The flowers are a golden red to purple and may release a slight fragrance in strong sunlight. Echinacea purpurea matures to 4′ in height. Echinacea flourishes in full sun and well-drained soils. This hardy perennial also tolerates a half-day of sun as well as heat and drought, especially in partial shade.


Purple Coneflower Range Map

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower Seeds


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Purple Coneflower nectar and pollen rich flowers attract bees, butterflies and the American goldfinch.

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