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Common Names: Purple Coneflower

Scientific Name: Echinacea purpurea


Plant Characteristics

  • Duration: Perennial
  • Size: Typically grows to a height of 2-4 ft., with striking, daisy-like flowers.
  • Foliage: The leaves are lance-shaped and often have a rough texture, with a medium to dark green color.
  • Bloom Color: Showy, purple to lavender-pink petals with a prominent central cone.
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Early Fall


Growing Conditions

  • Water Use: Low to Moderate
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Well-Drained


Ecological Benefits

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a native perennial plant that offers numerous ecological benefits in Maryland's landscapes. Its striking, daisy-like flowers with purple to lavender-pink petals are attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects, contributing to local biodiversity.


This plant's adaptability to full sun and well-drained soils makes it an excellent choice for gardens, meadows, and natural areas. By providing essential nectar and pollen resources, Purple Coneflower supports the health and balance of local ecosystems in Maryland, making it a valuable addition to pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes. Additionally, it has cultural and medicinal uses, making it an interesting and useful herbaceous plant.

Purple Coneflower

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