Echinacea pallida Nutt. - Pale Purple Coneflower


 

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Echinacea pallida - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Asteraceae

Habitat

Dry prairies and plains. Can tolerate dryer soil than E. purpurea.

Associates

Amorpha canescens, Andropogon gerardii, Comadra umbellata, Coreopsis palmata, Eryngium yuccifolium, Euphorbia corollata, Kuhnia eupatorioides, Petalostemum purpureum, Potentilla arguta, Ratibida pinnata, Silphium integrifolium, Silphium terebinthinaceum, Solidago rigida, Stipa spartea, Verbena stricta.

Distribution

 Eastern MT south to TX, east to WI, IL, AR, and LA; irregularly and mostly introduced to MI.

Morphology

Erect perennial to 1 m. Leaf blades linear to narrowly lanceolate to elliptic, entire, at least 5 times longer than wide, parallel-veined. Flowers pale pink-purple; petals strongly reflexed.

Notes

Flowers late May to early August

Wetland indicator: Upland

Coneflowers are useful ornamental plants for dry soils in full sun.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Niering, W. A. 1979. The Audubon society field guide to North American wildflowers: eastern region.
Knopf/Random House, New York.

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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