Relatively rare in the wild and in cultivation, this coneflower is stunning in summer and flowers for an extended period. It's bright pure yellow flowers consist of drooping petals surrounding a soft brown cone. Butterflies and other beneficials will flock to the flowers for nectar. Goldfinches devoured the seeds in late summer and fall.
Long season nectar source for native butterflies
Great fall food source for finches and other birds
Loves full sun and tolerates dry soils well
Fragrant blossoms make great cut flowers
No serious insect or disease problems
Great planted with native grasses in naturalized areas
Echinacea paradoxa is found in glades and prairies of south central United States, primarily in the Ozark Mountains. USDA Distribution Map
Echinacea comes from the Greek word "echinos" meaning hedgehog in reference to its spiny, seed filled center cone. Goldfinches are often seen perched on this cone during the fall and winter months feeding while other birds use the plant for nesting.
Often called yellow coneflower, is the only species in the genus Echinacea to have yellow flowers instead of the usual purple, thus being a paradox.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. After the first round of deadheading the blooms let the brown cones go to seed to feed the finches in late summer and fall.