Lets talk Echinacea
Echinacea purpurea also known as purple coneflower is a wide spread perennial that is native to most of eastern North America. It isn't picky about growing conditions. Give it sun and it will tolerate drought, poor soil conditions, heat and humidity.
|American Goldfinches foraging on seeds in winter|
Note on hybrids: There are many hybrid coneflowers on the market. Most are breed from E. purpurea. There are inconclusive studies whether or not the hybrids are beneficial to pollinators. What is known is that double blooms are useless to insects because the extra petals block nectar and pollen. Some hybrids are sterile and therefore don't produce seed that support birds and other wildlife so be mindful of your choices when shopping for this plant. Over the years we have fallen for some of the beautiful hybrids and have found that they do support pollinators often.
|Echinacea hybrid: PowWow Wildberry with yarrow|
|Echinacea hybrid: Cheyenne Spirt with rattlesnake master seedlings|
Thanks to Gail at Clay and Limestone for hosting Wildflower Wednesday and all the folks sharing the great native wildflowers growing in their gardens.