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Echinacea purpurea

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Sun, part shade
Soils: Average, well-drained
Bloom Time: Purple in July, August
Size: 2-3 feet in height; 18-24 inch spread

Plant this easy-to-grow, drought tolerant wildflower in the perennial border or in masses. Native range includes New York and Pennsylvania and parts west. It is not a New England native, but it is a popular garden plant that does well on Cape Cod.

Garden Companions

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

Nature Benefits

• Nectar plant for native bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, and wasps.
• Goldfinches eat seeds in the fall.

Native Habitat

Occurs in disturbed habitats, forest edges, and meadows.

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