The long, drooping rays going from pale pink to vibrant
purple distinguish this Echinacea from the others. Endemic to the
Ozarks it is especially drought-hardy and has few requirements for
"good" soil. A sun loving perennial, it is quickly becoming threatened
as indiscriminate wildcrafting diminishes wild populations. A wildflower
easily naturalized, E. pallida adds a bright display for
spring days. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Grow specs: 2-3 feet. Poor, dry to ordinary garden loam. Stratify:
30 days at 41 degrees F. or plant in fall. Full sun.
Traditional uses include relief for mumps, measles,
colds, smallpox and rheumatism, among other things.
(Photo © Steven Foster)