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Echinacea paradoxa

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: paradoxa (par-uh-DOKS-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Brauneria paradoxa
Synonym:Echinacea paradoxa var. paradoxa

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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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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8 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clary On Apr 24, 2014, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Yes, slow to establish and thin and leggy compared to the eastern coneflower... But hardy and beautiful with its brilliant yellow flowers. It is a good plant to mingle with others due to its open growing habit. Mine is paired with orange butterfly weed. I had planted Mexican Hat and it didn't establish so I planted Western Coneflower instead and have a reliable clump by now. I have limed this plant with success (the rich acidic soil of PA was not ideal) and don't water it a great deal. As with other coneflowers, the seeds are attractive to birds.

Negative learningplanter On Jul 25, 2010, learningplanter from Milan, MI wrote:

Jackson, MI 49246 (zone 5). This echinacea grows so slowly that I think it is not worth the effort. I started a handful of plants indoors from seed. They survived winters in the garden. But this is their third year and they still look insiginificant. Very few flowered this summer. The overall size of the plants is not substantial. I am guessing that the plants will eventually grow larger. But I am not certain. Maybe they are just not very vigorous. My soil is very sandy, almost beach sand. My other echinacea, purple and white, are now almost mature. They seem to grow much faster than paradoxa. I think paradoxa is simply a thin leggy plant.

Positive gardeningfun On Jun 13, 2010, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Bought plant last summer at Bluestone Nurseries and it had one flower and I was so disappointed. I let it dry on the stalk and then spread the seeds all over hoping for one or two plants this year. Well, this year I have at least 10 new plants and they are all blooming. They started blooming the beginning of June and look fantastic now. They are the earliest coneflower blooming in my gardens and I have about 14 varieties. I am pleasantly surprised and pleased at how well they are doing. Don't be disappointed if yours doesn't bloom the first year. I was told it wouldn't. But definitely, spread those seeds cause it works. I have very heavy clay soil and tons of snow and low temps last winter and they weren't affected at all. I'll post a picture as soon as i figure out how.

Positive Igrowinpa On Mar 6, 2009, Igrowinpa from Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Paradoxa is one of my favorite Echinacea. I love the color and it is slightly fragrant. Butterflies like it too and I enjoy watching them visit the flowers. While it may take several years to get established, I think it's well worth the wait.

Positive bemidjigreen On Jul 17, 2007, bemidjigreen from Blackduck, MN wrote:

Nice bold long lasting flower. I purchased this plant as a bareroot. It seems a slow growing plant but did flower its second summer--a nice substitute for echinacea pallida which was not available at the time I was shopping.

Positive bigcityal On Oct 28, 2006, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

More of a novelty or collector plant around here. Not overly flowering on lanky stems.

Positive zarcanat On Jul 14, 2006, zarcanat from Montreal, QC (Zone 4b) wrote:

I just love its sweet scent.

Positive prettyred On Jun 25, 2006, prettyred from Seaside Heights, NJ wrote:

Echinacea paradoxa blooms in June, when the spring flowers are dying down but before the summer plants get into full swing. It's a beautiful, elegant and easy plant that produces more and more flowers as it gets older.

Neutral TomH3787 On May 28, 2005, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Easy to grow, attractive blooms, very hardy and drought-tolerant. Goldfinches love the seeds. Downside: It only blooms once a year and is slow to get started. Mine did not bloom until its second year from seed, then it had only one flower the second year, three flowers its third year, and maybe six flowers last year. Finally this year when the plant is five years old it's big enough to put on a decent show.

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

A real prize in flower arrangements due to its limited range. Once dry it is nearly, if not completely, impossible to distinguish from pale purple coneflower. This plant is very strongly associated with limestone, either outcroppings or in the soil.

Neutral smiln32 On Sep 16, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is a U.S. native and grows in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Positive Terry On Jan 18, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Truly a paradox: a yellow-flowering "purple coneflower".


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

Auburn, Alabama
Ashdown, Arkansas
Carrollton, Georgia
Danielsville, Georgia
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Pontiac, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Falmouth, Maine
Horton, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Blackduck, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Warsaw, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Weatherford, Oklahoma
Walterville, Oregon
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Warwick, Rhode Island
Lake City, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee
Clarksville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Leesburg, Virginia
Menasha, Wisconsin

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