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Echinacea paradoxa – Ozark Coneflower

$6.50

Host Plant – Silvery Checkerspot

Relatively rare in the wild and in cultivation, this coneflower is stunning in summer and flowers for an extended period. It’s bright pure yellow flowers consist of drooping petals surrounding a soft brown cone. Butterflies and other beneficials will flock to the flowers for nectar. Goldfinches devoured the seeds in late summer and fall. 

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Description

Benefits

Long season nectar source for native butterflies
Great fall food source for finches and other birds
Loves full sun and tolerates dry soils well
Fragrant blossoms make great cut flowers
No serious insect or disease problems
Great planted with native grasses in naturalized areas

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips 

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. After the first round of deadheading the blooms let the brown cones go to seed to feed the finches in late summer and fall.

Height
2-3 Feet
spacer Spread
12-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Echinacea paradoxa is found in glades and prairies of south central United States, primarily in the Ozark Mountains. USDA Distribution Map

Native Trivia

Echinacea comes from the Greek word “echinos” meaning hedgehog in reference to its spiny, seed filled center cone.  Goldfinches are often seen perched on this cone during the fall and winter months feeding while other birds use the plant for nesting.

Often called yellow coneflower, is the only species in the genus Echinacea to have yellow flowers instead of the usual purple, thus being a paradox. 

“The seeds from this Coneflower are a fall bonanza for me and my bird buddies!”

Good Companions

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group

Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure

Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil

Heavy clay
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference

Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife

Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time

Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance

Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection

Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat

Grassland
Foliage Color

Green
Uses

Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to

Arkansas
Missouri
Oklahoma
Texas

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 4 x 4 x 4 in
Height

Light

Bloom Time

Zones

Color

Moisture