Details30-36" tall x 15" wide (seed propagated). This is a very rare native wildflower found only in the Ozark region of Arkansas and Missouri. The paradox of this plant is that it is a "yellow" purple Coneflower! The foliage is long and narrow, the golden-yellow flowers are good sized and showy. This is a tap-rooted plant that requires several growing seasons to reach its full size, so be patient. Because Ozark Coneflower is a somewhat lanky grower, I recommend that you plant them in groups of 3 or more to maximize their impact in the garden.
|Common Name||Ozark Coneflower|
|Botanical Name||Echinacea paradoxa|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||30-36" tall|
|Mature Spread||15" wide|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Easy to grow, Native|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips For Growing Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)
This genus is invaluable for the mid- to late-summer garden, bringing color into our plantings when many spring bloomers have gone green for the season. They are native to the eastern half of the U.S. and are most commonly found growing in prairie habitats.
Echinacea thrive in our gardens when provided with well drained soils, plenty of sunshine and moderate to dry moisture conditions depending on the species and cultivars. Healthy individual coneflowers will grow in the garden for 3 to 5 years. Species and cultivars raised from seed will often reseed themselves to continue their presence in our gardens.
'Rocky Top Hybrid' echinacea, while xeric, appreciates extra moisture provided by some easily accomplished water harvesting techniques. Plant it in a wide, shallow depression and mulch amply or place right up against the north side of a low, wide rock, tilted to shed water on the Echinacea's side.
Echinacea easily reseeds itself. You can leave the dried seed heads for winter, as they provide food for birds.
More in-depth guidance for growing and maintaining Echinacea plants: Purple Coneflowers: Native Grace and Beauty in the Garden and Echinacea: Rocky Top Hybrids, Echinacea - Perennial of the Year.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Echinacea paradoxa:
Here just south of the Ozarks, this coneflower blooms in mid-spring. The high winds of spring storms sometimes blow these tall flower stems on their side so planting them with tall companions or against a fence may help to keep them upright. Otherwise they are spectacular and a much appreciated native coneflower.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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