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ECHINACEA paradoxa

Image of Echinacea paradoxa

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA paradoxa

Plant Common Name

Ozark Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower

General Description

An Ozark Mountain native, yellow coneflower boasts large, bright yellow flowerheads and is the only yellow-blooming species of Echinacea . This herbaceous perennial has rosettes or smooth, lance-shaped leaves from which arise many tall stems of flowers. Its sweetly fragrant blooms appear in midsummer and have yellow petals that surround a brown central disk, or cone. If deadheaded, plants may re-bloom until frost. Butterflies and bees frequent its blossoms and small seed-eating birds will feast on its dried flowerheads.

The yellow coneflower is easy-to-grow, and performs best in full sun and evenly moist to dry garden soil. This perennial is effectively used in wildflower meadows, roadside plantings and mixed borders. It would be particularly beautiful planted in masses with the contrasting purple and pink-flowered coneflowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    South-Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Brown

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes