Declared endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on June
6, 1979, E. tennesseensis survives in only 5 wild populations
in central Tennessee's cedar barrens. Loss of habitat is attributed
to overgrazing and wildcrafting. This leafy, softly hairy coneflower
has long light purple upturned rays cupping around a dark solitary
Grow specs: Like other Echinacea, Tennessee
coneflower is drought tolerant preferring full sun, and alkaline,
well-drained soil. Stratify seed for 60 days at 41F or direct seed
in fall in area where winter climes dip below freezing for several
weeks. Does well in cultivation.
Roots are known to contain cynarine,
an agent thought to relieve upset stomach, lower cholesterol, guard
against bacterial infection and topically, to treat sunburn.
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