pale purple coneflower, prairie coneflower
[Brauneria pallida (Nutt.) Britton, more...]
Etymology: Echinacea: Greek meaning "sea urchin" or "hedgehog" referring to sharp, spiny chaff on domed center of head
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb; several, usually unbranched, hairy, green to purplish, clustered stems; from a strong taproot
Leaves: blades usually 5 to 20 times as long as wide
Flowers: head with a brownish, domed disk 1/2"- 1 1/4" wide; drooping rays 1 1/2"-3 1/2" long and less than 1/4" wide, pale purple to pink; inflorescence solitary; blooms June-Aug.
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, meadows; in sandy, loamy soil
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"