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ECHINACEA tennesseensis

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA tennesseensis

Plant Common Name

Tennessee Coneflower

General Description

In the heat of summer, bright lavender pink daisies cover the pretty and wild Tennessee coneflower. This rare species is only native to the State of Tennessee and is on the United States Federal Endangered Species List. For this reason, the wild-type species is typically only available at specialty plant nurseries and seed suppliers.

This hardy herbaceous perennial wildflower is clump-forming and has linear, fuzzy green leaves. In summer it produces mauve-pink daisies with orange-brown central cones. The daisies are large and have long, thin, petals that curve upwards. The blooms are followed by brown, conical seedheads.

Tennessee coneflower needs full sun and soil with average fertility, ample drainage and even moisture. Well-established specimens can tolerate periods of drought. It is not as vigorous as other coneflowers and may prove to be short-lived. This is a wonderful wildflower for butterflies and is best enjoyed in sunny, informal flower gardens and naturalistic plantings. Birds relish its seeds in fall and winter.

The compact and more vigorous cultivar ‘Rocky Top’ is readily available in commerce.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Pink, Chocolate

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light 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

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes