Probably Pale Purple Coneflower, 1 plant, small pot

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Scientific name: Echinacea pallida
Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil: Sandy, Loam, Rocky
Moisture: Dry, Medium
Benefits: Pollinators, Birds, Deer Resistant
Height: 2-3′
Blooms: Jun, Jul
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Color: Pale Purple
Root: Tap root

We say “probably” because these seedlings were originally identified as purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea. As they grew, it became obvious that they were most likely (but not certainly) their elegant cousin, pale purple coneflower. E. pallida has a different aspect, with languid flowers atop long, sturdy stems. Plus, it blooms a bit earlier, adding a couple weeks to the purple coneflower season—which is never quite long enough, don’t you agree?

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