Echinacea pallida, or Pale Purple Coneflower, has large flowers with thin drooping petals. As the petals droop, they highlight the coppery-orange center cones, where all the pollen and nectar are stored for pollinators. The blooms are magnets for bees and butterflies, especially Painted Lady butterfly, Swallowtails, and Monarchs. Flowers start to bloom in June and it continues to blooms sporadically into fall. Spent flowers give rise to seed heads that birds enjoy!
The petals may flop, but the stems sure won't! Each flower is held on tall, rigid stems that reach 2-3 feet tall. It's drought-tolerant and deer resistant, making it easy to grow and enjoy in the garden. Try planting it with Rattlesnake Master to create a textured prairie garden.
Plant size: 2-3' tall x 1-1.5' wide
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
Hardiness: USDA zone 3-10 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
Notable features: native, drought-tolerant, deer resistant, long-blooming.
Pot size: one quart
Plant name: Echinacea pallida