A U.S. native, Echinacea tennesseensis or Tennessee Coneflower is a very interesting daisy-like flower which features rose-purple, slightly erect ray flowers around a coppery-orange center disk atop a dark green foliage. In contrast to Echinacea purpurea, its flowers are somewhat smaller with more upturned rays.
- Blooming profusely from late spring to midsummer, this fabulous 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 will look great in wildflower meadows or on the edges of lightly shaded woodlands.
- Excellent as cut flowers.
- Growing in clumps up to 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) on strong erect green stems, it thrives in full sun or part shade and prefers medium moisture, well-drained soils.
- Since this Echinacea is not as vigorous as most other coneflowers nor does it spread 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.
- Drought, deer, poor soil tolerant and attractive to butterflies, birds and yourself!
- Remove spent flowers and cut back the stems to encourage further blooms and reduce self-seeding. Deadheading will help them grow and thrive.