Echinacea Species, Pale Purple Coneflower

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
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

El Mirage, Arizona

Scottsdale, 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

Bryan, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Menasha, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Westfield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 22, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I've seen this wonderful prairie forb in prairie restorations in northern Illinois and central Wisconsin. It can be easily grown as a garden perennial also, and is sold by a number of native plant nurseries as Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wisconsin. It produces a deep taproot that helps make it drought resistant. It does well in dry to medium moisture soils. Native range is from Nebraska to Wisconsin to Michigan and south towards the Gulf.


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

June-September bloom in my garden.


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.


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.


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 tolera... read more


On Dec 6, 2005, bigcityal from Appleton, 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.


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.


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.


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

Grows in Heat Zones 12-1.


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.