Eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
 
 

 


Additional information about this plant may be found at the USDA PLANTS Database:

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ECPU


 

Purple coneflower in July
Eastern purple coneflower, a member of the Asteraceae (Aster) family, can grow up to 5 feet tall with many branched stems, although plants are fewer-branched and shorter in exposed sites.  Leaves are rough, coarsely toothed, alternate, mostly stalked, up to 8 inches long and 5 inches wide.  Flower heads occur on individual stalks near the tops of stems, with each head 2 1/2 to 5 inches wide and consisting of up to 20 purple, petal-like ray flowers surrounding a cone-shaped head of disk flowers.
Purple coneflower in July
Eastern purple coneflowers bloom late spring to fall.  They are  found occasionally in prairies and open woodlands, usually in moister sites; scattered through the tallgrass region west to southeastern Kansas.
Purple coneflower in July
This plant is a popular ornamental, and many populations are escapes from cultivars.  Eastern purple coneflowers were used by Native Americans as medicinals and there is still a market today for the roots which are used to make herbal medicines and tonics.

Purple coneflower in August

Purple coneflower in August

Purple coneflower in August

Purple coneflower in August