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Echinacea paradoxa (yellow purple coneflower)
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Echinacea paradoxa

yellow purple coneflower

A Yellow Purple Coneflower... thus the paradox. Relatively rare in the wild and in cultivation, this coneflower is stunning in summer. Its bright, pure yellow flowers consist of drooping petals surrounding a soft brown cone. Goldfinches devour the seeds. Native to the Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas.

SIZE
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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

yellow purple coneflower Interesting Notes

The paradox of this plant is that it is a yellow coneflower; all other native Echinacea are shades of purple and pink. They attract various butterflies and bees, and are deer resistant! It is the most fragrant of all the coneflowers. Other common names include Ozark coneflower, yellow coneflower and yellow-purple coneflower.

Echinacea species can easily cross-pollinate with each other. Echinacea paradoxa is the species most often hybridized to make some of the bizarre colored coneflowers which are heavily marketed in the nursery industry today. - Prairie Moon

The prominent, bristly seed heads of Echinacea inspired the generic name of the plant, taken from the Greek word echinos, meaning hedgehog.

Echinacea paradoxa Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun and well drained soil.

Good Substitutions

purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows'
coneflower Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'
coneflower Echinacea purpurea

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Hummingbird-friendly
Hummingbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Well-Drained
Dry
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Meadow/Prairie
Attributes
Edible
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated