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This diminutive charmer of the Daisy family was discovered growing in harsh conditions outside of Nashville and placed on the list of endangered plant species. Dedicated conservationists increased the population, and the herbaceous perennial has made a comeback! The summer-long bloomer thrives in a wide range of dry to moist soils and full or part sun. Each 1-3” pinkish-purple flower sits perkily atop a sturdy, hairy stem no more than 3’ tall. Unlike the droopy rays of other coneflowers, this plant’s rays project straight out from a pointy, orange dome, which gives the flower an alert and cheerful appearance. It tolerates drought and has no serious pest or disease problems.


While especially valuable because of its ability to grow in hot, dry conditions, it’s easy to grow in a variety of situations. Just don’t plant it near other Echinacea species because Tennessee coneflower may get crowded out by other coneflowers, and it may also cross-pollinate with them.


Ideal for mass plantings, rock/alpine gardens, borders, naturalized areas, and containers. The sturdy stems and long-lasting blooms are suitable for fresh or dried flower arrangements.


Plant Characteristics: 

Reaches 12-36” tall and 24” wide.


Prefers full sun to part shade.


Thrives in a wide range of dry to moist soils. Tolerates drought but not standing water.


Bloom Time: June-August.


Wildlife Value:

Host plant for larvae of silvery checkerspot butterfly (pictured here with its caterpillars), wavy-lined emerald, and sunflower moth. Many varieties of bees visit the flowers, including honey, native, and leaf-cutter bees. Butterflies such as monarchs, common buckeyes, tiger swallowtails, skippers, American ladies, red admirals, and fritillaries will also feed on the nectar. The dried seed heads attract goldfinches and other birds. Deer resistant.


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Coneflower, Tennesse, Echinacea tennesseensis

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