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Echinacea pallida

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: pallida (PAL-lid-duh) (Info)

Synonym:Brauneria pallida
Synonym:Rudbeckia pallida

13 vendors have this plant for sale.

24 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
5 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

June-September bloom in my garden.

Positive echinaceamaniac On Aug 13, 2009, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

These plants bloom earlier than my other Echinaceas. These don't like as much water as other Echinaceas in my experience and a fungicide is sometimes necessary if the weather is too wet here.

Echinacea pallida is very unique as far as coneflowers go. They are a standout in the garden. There is a white version called "Hula Dancer" that is also excellent.

Positive plutodrive On Jun 25, 2009, plutodrive from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Took three growing seasons to flower from seed. It is well worth the wait.

Positive dkm65 On Jul 21, 2007, dkm65 from Cedar Falls, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

For most of Iowa & all Minnesota (although also common southward), this is the native echinacea you will find in the wild, not the more commonly grown E. purpurea. It has much longer, ray flowers that hang down that purple coneflower. It is also a much paler (hence the name) shade of purple, more of a purplish rose or lavender. In remnant prairies at the right time, you will often see large drifts of Enarrower petals. pallida, which is very striking. Goldfinches love the seed, and many butterflies visit as pollinators. It is a must for native gardening, as it is one of the flowers your neighbors (having seen the similar purple coneflower in gardens & for sale) will at least vaguely recognize as being an intentionally grown garden flower rather than a 'weed'. It is very drought tolerant, and it is also hardy to zone 4 (not 5 as this file lists). From seed, either sow in the fall, or if indoors you will need a 45-90 day cold moist stratification for best germination (although I had decent germination with about 30 days, germination was definitely better the longer the stratification lasted). Will probably not flower the first year from seed or even nursery plugs.

Positive bigcityal On Dec 6, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This seems like a plant that wasn't meant for captivity. It is not a refined, delicate plant. It is bulky and not overly flowering. That being said if you are trying to use natives or have unique specimens than you should include this one.

Neutral Windy On Jan 23, 2005, Windy from Belleville , IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

The dried seed heads can be very irritating to harvest. I have found that the best time to harvest seed is after a rain or early in the morning when they are very wet from dew.
The prickly seed heads are soft and pliable and can be broken in half with your fingers and the seeds picked out. Seeds need darkness to germinate.
Goldfinch fight for these seeds, so if you want to harvest them cover with a net after the seed begins to form.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 11, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Pale purple coneflower exhibits flowers born on the top of a stiff erect stem. One to several flower stalks per plant. Ray flowers droop from a rounded head. Leaves are lance shaped, usually with three prominent veins running parallel along their length. Leaves and stems are covered with coarse spreading hairs. It attracts butterflies when in bloom and songbirds when ripe.

A fun exercise for the unknowing is to take 3 to 5 seeds and grind them between your front teeth. The resulting sensation will exhibit its pain killing ability.

Neutral lantana On Jan 4, 2001, lantana from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows in Heat Zones 12-1.

Neutral jody On Nov 6, 2000, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Cultivation is the same as Echinacea purpurea. This species gets longer flower petals that hang down. Flowers are usually pink but do come in purple and white as well. Hardy zones 5-9.


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

Auburn, Alabama
El Mirage, Arizona
Deer, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Parthenon, Arkansas
Menifee, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Spring Hill, Florida
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Oak Forest, Illinois
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Frederick, Maryland
Haydenville, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Hibbing, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Schulter, Oklahoma
North Augusta, South Carolina
Brownsville, Tennessee
Leesburg, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
Menasha, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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