Echinacea pallida, commonly known as pale purple coneflower, is a coarse, hairy perennial of prairies, savannahs, glades and open dry rocky woods in Illinois and the Midwest.
Pale Purple Coneflower grows up to 3' feet tall and has very pale purple to pink flowers. It blooms in early summer when only a few of the sun loving plants are in bloom and provides nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies, and the leaves provide food for butterfly larva. Also easy-to-establish and a prairie icon is its cousin, Echineacea purpurea, which has a deeper purple flower and will bloom just at the tail end of Pale Purple Coneflower's bloom cycle. Planting these two together will give you many, many weeks of Echinacea blooms.
Genus name of Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos meaning hedgehog or sea-urchin in reference to the spiny center cone found on most flowers in the genus.
Mass in the border, native plant garden, naturalized area, prairie, wildflower meadow or part shade areas of woodland garden. Good fresh cut or dried flower.