Easy to grow, very showy and wrongly underused long lived and long flowering perennial. Pure botanical species was endangered in natural areas from 1979-2011.
It grows upright, leaves are narrow linear or lanceolate. Reddish-pink saucer shaped flowers are facing east and tent to follow sun like sunflowers. The cones are reddish-brown and are smaller that with other wild Echinaceas. This coneflower is very valuable sturdy and long flowering perennial that should be used much more often in home and public landscaping.
Drought, heat and humidity tolerant. The growth is quite neat, so it looks very well in conventional flower bed (just consider that the flowerheads will face east), but it can be also used in wilder prairie garden, low maintenance gardens, cottage gardens or pollinator garden. It will selfseed and also hybridize with other Echinacea in your garden.
Picture copyright : 1- Funke, Commons Wikipedia , 2 - US Perennials
Blooming time : June, July, August/September
Size : 2-3´tall, 2´ wide, spacing about 1.5-2´
USDA zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Culture : full sun, half sun, prefers drier soil with some drainage, grows well in medium to dry average soil, rocky soil, drained soil, shallow soil. Echinacea tennesseensis (with Ech. paradoxa) tolerate more accidic soil.
Moisture Needs : dry medium-dry, medium
Origin : ´Rocky Top´ strain was introduced by German seed company Jelitto in 2003, so it is garden selection selection, but still with wild blood of the original species. Wild form is native wildflower to Tennessee, endemic to limestone soils in cedar glades and dry rocky hills
Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/young plants are vulnerable to rabbits, use liquid fence
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : It attracts pollinators, bees, butterflies, moths and songbirds.
Attracts Hummingbirds : no
Pot Size : 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)