Echinacea pallida - Pale Purple Coneflower
Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) is a perennial with tall, stout stems. It has coarse-haired, narrow lance-shaped leaves that form near its base. The stems terminate into flowerheads with lavender rays that droop from a large, spiky, cone-shaped seedhead. Once established, its deep taproot allows it to be a long-lived and a very low maintenance plant. The coneflowers of the genus Echinacea can be found in herbal supplements, non-patent medicines, and herbal teas to treat colds.
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 2' - 4'
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Bloom Color: Lavender
Bloom Time: June, July
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators
Echinacea is a genus of flowering plants with 10 different species, and are commonly called coneflowers. They are native to eastern and central North America, and prefer moist to dry prairies. They consist of distinct, large composite flowers that bloom during the summer. The genus name is derived from the Greek word "ekhinos," meaning hedgehog, due to their spiny central disk. Coneflowers are well adapted to compete in grass prairies due to their deep taproots that help with the occurrence of grazers, fires, and the lack of water during the summer months. These plants have been used in traditional medicines by Native Americans, and are currently sold in a wide range of alternative medicinal products, but there is insufficient scientific evidence to show they are effective towards improving health or treating any disease.
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