Common Name: Purple Coneflower
- Habit: Perennial Herb
- Light: Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Moist, Average, Dry
- Height: 2-5′
- Flower: Pink, Violet, May, Jun, Jul
- Fruit: Tan nutlets resembling small sunflower seeds.
- Fall Color: no
- Natural Habitat: Grasslands/Prairies
Echinacea purpurea produces clusters of large, lance-shaped dark green basal leaves that put up a sparsely leaved stem topped with multiple large blooms. Flowers are spiky, black and yellow thimble-like mass of disk flowers surrounded by ray flowers in hues varying from almost white to deep pink and lavender. The flowers attract insects of all shapes and sizes, from tiny native bees to large swallowtail butterflies. Birds love the seeds that form after the petals have fallen off. All parts of the plant are said to stimulate the immune system.