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Echinacea paradoxa


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Echinacea paradoxa
Description

Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) is a perennial species and is native to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, and is listed as threatened in Arkansas. It is unusual in being the only yellow flowered species. It features large, daisy-like flowers with drooping yellow to orange-yellow petals (ray flowers) and very large, coppery-brown to chocolate-brown central cones. Best flower display is mid-June to mid-July, sometimes with sporadic continued bloom throughout the summer. Flowers grow on rigid stems typically to 90cm tall with smooth, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter and, if flower heads are not removed, are often visited by goldfinches that perch on or just below the blackened cones to feed on the seeds. Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ‘echino', meaning Sea Urchin, due to the spiny central disk. Some species are used in herbal medicines and some are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. A few species are of conservation concern. Echinacea species are all herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants growing up to 140cm in height. 
 
Cultivation Notes
Divide clumps when they become overcrowded. Plants usually re-bloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance. May self seed if at least some of the seed heads are left in place. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun.
 
Uses: Group plant in the border, native plant garden, naturalised area, prairie or wildflower meadow. Contrasts well with the related purple coneflowers, Echinacea purpurea.

Pruning \ Aftercare
: Remove faded flowers.