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Echinacea tennesseensis (Tennessee Coneflower)

Tennessee Coneflower, Tennessee Purple Coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia var. tennesseensis


Echinacea tennesseensis (Tennessee Coneflower) is a charming coneflower boasting slightly upturned, rose-purple petals surrounding spiny, coppery center disks with a green tinge. Blooming profusely from early to late summer, the delicate blossoms sit atop rigid stems above the foliage of dark green, linear leaves. Native to the U.S., this wonderful herbaceous perennial makes an excellent border plant, for both the perennial plant border or a border planted with annuals and other summer-flowering bulbous, cormous or tuberous plants. It looks great in wildflower meadows or on the edges of lightly shaded woodlands. The Tennessee Coneflower was once a federally listed endangered plant species and its recovery has been aided by the purchase of habitat by the Nature Conservancy and the State of Tennessee.

  • Grows in clumps up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in average, moist, well drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfect choice for beds and borders, prairies and meadows, wildflower gardens or cottage gardens
  • Since this Echinacea is not as vigorous as most other coneflowers nor does it spreads as fast, plant it in good size groupings for better visual impact. Avoid mixing it with other Echinacea to prevent them from crowding it out.
  • Excellent as cut flowers. If flower heads are not removed in the fall, the blackened cones will be visited by birds that feed on the seeds.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Attractive to butterflies and other pollinators, but deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to Tennessee.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 6
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Echinacea - Coneflowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Tennessee
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 6
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Echinacea - Coneflowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Tennessee
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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