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Echinacea angustifolia

Narrow Leaf Purple Coneflower

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Echinacea angustifolia (Narrow Leaf Purple Coneflower)

The leaves of this coneflower are lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, and the flowers are cone-shaped disks with purple, pale pink, or rarely white spreading ray flowers. The plant has one or more stems that are mostly unbranched, and flowers bloom from June to July.

Additional Information:
The taproot of cultivated E. angustifolia can be harvested after three to four years from seed. It is the root that is believed to contain most of the plant's medicinal value, although the herb is also used. Of the three Echinacea species used for medicinal purposes (E. purpurea, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida), E. angustifolia is regarded as the most chemically active possessing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.


Height
12-28 Inches

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Spread
12-24 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Purple


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Can tolerate hot and dry conditions but extensive drought can reduce size and yields. Raised beds are highly recommended, especially for moist or clay soils. Poorly drained soils should be avoided.

Good Companions
Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum), Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya), Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Butterfly
Songbird

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower
Containers

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Butterfly Nectar