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ECHINACEA simulata

Image of Echinacea simulata

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA simulata

Plant Common Name

Wavyleaf Coneflower, Wavyleaf Purple Coneflower

General Description

Wavyleaf purple coneflower is a wispy leaf perennial with lavendar flowers. This central United States native has large flowerheads with downward pointing narrow petals. It resembles a large headed spider with dangling legs. It flowers mainly in mid summer with occasional flowering up until frost and are a butterfly attractant. Seeds are a favorite of goldfinches.

Wavyleaf purple coneflower enjoys a moist to dry soil and is tolerant of slightly alkaline and rocky soil types. Plant in full sun or in partial shade. It is good in wildflower meadows, in the mixed border or as part of a partially shaded woodland garden.

Characteristics

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States, South-Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • 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

    Orange, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes