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PlantFiles: Tennessee Coneflower
Echinacea tennesseensis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: tennesseensis (ten-eh-see-EN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Brauneria tennesseensis

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

26 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cville_Gardener On Sep 8, 2013, Cville_Gardener from Middle TN
United States (Zone 7a) wrote:

The Tennessee coneflower has been removed from the federal endangered species list.

Positive hortulaninobili On Jan 2, 2011, hortulaninobili from St. Louis, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Tennessee Coneflower:

This US native perennial performs very well in dry situations with a full sun aspect. Flowers seem to last for quite some time giving way to a long bloom period. Ray floret arrangement reminds of an umbrella upturned from strong gust of wind. Dry seed heads attract some birds, noticeably American Goldfinch (Spinus tristus), and moths and butterflies. Plant slowly spreads and not over-aggressive as some native plants can sometimes tend to grow. Overall--along with so many native plants--a wonderful one!

I do have this planted in my miniature prairie garden: all plants in this garden are native prairie plants either from the US plains, central US, and/or from Missouri. None require nothing more than a modicum of care in spring: fertilizer, a light mulch, and maybe culling or spraying the occasional non-native weed that has popped up.

Tennessee Coneflower is currently growing in a rocky, clay, compacted soil among Callirhoe involucrata, Aster ericoides, Salvia azurea, Calamagrostis canadensis, Manfreda virginica, among others.

Positive MSK425 On Sep 21, 2008, MSK425 from Dover, DE wrote:

I purchased six small plants in 2.5" pots from Sunlight Gardens in 2005. I failed to protect them from rabbits and lost 4. The remaining two have grown into a nice size clump nearly 1.5' across. They are shorter than most coneflowers with pretty, daisy-like, pink flowers that are open rather than cone-shaped. Bloom season is a little longer than for purple coneflowers such as Kim's knee high and magnum. Aside from being very vulnerable to rabbits (liquid fence spray has worked for me), they are a tough. Mine are in afternoon sun behind my garage and don't get watered often.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 25, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted Tennesse Coneflower from seed and it is not old enough to bloom yet. I got it for 2 reasons: 1) I'm a plant collector and want a bit of everything. 2) It is officially listed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as an endangered species. Hopefully I can share it with others and do my part to help keep it alive.

Positive poppysue On Jan 18, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

I just love this little coneflower. I started my plants from seed and they've done very well here in Maine. The flowers remain fresh on the plant for weeks before they start to fade. It's a great bloomer and makes a wonderful garden plant. I lost a couple after an exceptionally wet winter but other than that, it's been very dependable.

Positive Terry On Mar 12, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Similar to E. purpurea, but ray petals are horizontal rather than drooping, and cone is greenish pink. Forms a low casual mound. This beautiful coneflower is rare and endangered in the wild, found growing only in three locations in Tennessee. It is being propagated under permit; look for it in wildflower nurseries. Does well in partial shade, especially near cedar trees, where bedrock is near the surface.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

El Mirage, Arizona
San Francisco, California
Dover, Delaware
Gainesville, Florida
Saint Charles, Illinois
Hebron, Kentucky
Halifax, Massachusetts
Haydenville, Massachusetts
O Fallon, Missouri
Greensboro, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Brownsville, Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Madison, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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