Echinacea / purple coneflower

Genus: Echinacea

Common Name: Purple Coneflower


The name Echinacea comes from the Greek word for 'sea urchin,' referring to the spiky appearance of the flowers. Native species of Echinacea and most cultivars are highly attractive bee plants, especially when planted in good-sized clusters. Green sweat bees, leafcutter bees, bumble bees and long-horned bees are frequent visitors to these lovely, perennial composite flowers.


Native Regions
Central and Eastern North America


Although native to the eastern U.S., Echinacea purpurea is a hardy, commercially available species of Echinacea, which can be grown in many regions of the U.S. and Canada.




Bloom Time


Average Height
2 feet


Flower Color


Full sun


Water Requirements
Average, but drought-tolerant once established


Recommended Species

Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower)

Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)

Echinacea angustifolia (blacksamson coneflower)

bee Visitors

Andrena / Mining Bee

Bombus / Bumble Bee

Diadasia / Sunflower Bee

Halictus / Sweat Bee

Megachile / Leafcutter Bee

Melissodes / Long-horned Bee

Svastra / Sunflower Bee

Triepeolus / Cuckoo Bee

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