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Echinacea simulata

Echinacea simulata

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Ozark Coneflower is a prairie plant that is native to central US. Long, narrow drooping petals frame copper-orange cones.

Coneflowers have a reputation for being short-lived, and this is true as they are naturally fleeting plants. However, they will self-sow when happy and can persist for years in the garden. They are happiest in full sun on rich, well-drained soil. All species are deer and drought resistant. Pollinators adore them.

Tip: let the dried flower heads remain on the plant through winter. Their winter silhouette is wonderful and the seeds are a favorite among goldfinches.

Zones: 3 to 8

Family: Asteraceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 24 to 36 in.

Spread: 12 to 24 in.

Exposure: full sun

Soil Conditions: dry, well-drained, average

Bloom Time: June to August

Bloom Color: pale pink

Native Range: central US

Image Credits:

  • Image 1 (blooms) Mason Brock (Masebrock), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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