This super showy and rare wildflower is highly recommended for home landscaping. It is the only wild Echinacea with yellow flowers and became the parent of many new colorful hybrids of coneflowers. It originally grows only in the Ozark area of Arkansas and Missouri, but will thrive in gardens from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast.
The daisy-like flowers appear on rigid stems, with slightly drooping petals that are bright yellow (orange-yellow) and large coppery-brown cones - these stay on the plant until winter and can be used in dry flower arrangements. It is a quite long-living perennial (about 10 years), but it will also self-seed.
Awesome in private and public gardens, prairie style landscaping, flower borders, pollinator gardens, low maintenance plantings and for naturalizing. It will meet in flower with Echinacea angustifolia, but other good fellows can be Artemisia ludoviciana, Asclepias tuberosa, Baptisia, Echinacea, Liatris, Monarda, Penstemon, Pycnanthemum or prairie grasses!
Blooming Time: June/July, but can sporadically rebloom later
Size: 2.5-3' tall x 1-1.5' wide (spacing around 1.5')
USDA Zones: 5 to 8
Culture: full sun, half sun, medium to dry, average soil, rocky soil, drained soil, shallow soil. Echinacea paradoxa and Echinacea tennesseensis tolerate more acidic soil.
Moisture Needs: dry, medium-dry, medium
Origin: native wildflower to Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas.
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes / probably yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: It attracts pollinators (native bees, wasps, other small insects) and birds (especially goldfinches).
Attracts Hummingbirds: no
Pot Size: 3.5" x 4" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)