Purple Coneflower (Echinacea sp.)

A large purple blossom with dark seed head.

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Introduction

This is a dry prairie plant that grows to be between 2 and 4 feet high. It has an attractive flower that blooms for six weeks. The flower is a reddish-purple with an orange center disk. It establishes itself quickly and is a good seeder, so care should be taken because it is fairly aggressive.

Butterflies and bees will nectar at its blossoms and American goldfinches will eat its seeds in the winter.

Blooms: July

Find It

Found in many prairie restorations.
Hastings River Flat Park
Coldwater Spring
Indian Mounds Regional Park
Fort Snelling State Park
Cenaiko Lake (East Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park)

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Last updated: March 5, 2018

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