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Echinacea paradoxa var. paradoxa

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Echinacea paradoxa is a unique species among coneflowers. All other Echinacea species produce flowers that are variations of purple, pink, and white, while the flowers of Echinacea paradoxa are a pure and unapologetic yellow. Incorporation of this trait in breeding programs has broadened the spectrum of coneflower colors to include yellows, oranges, and reds. In our trial, Echinacea paradoxa produced vigorous, disease-free plants that were some of the first to bloom in mid to late June. Like many other species, Echinacea paradoxa flopped early in the year, likely due to the excess moisture and nutrients in the Trial Garden soil. This species is taprooted and is very tolerant of dry conditions in its native range in the Ozarks.


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  • Common Name
    Yellow coneflower  
  • Bloom Period
    early June-late June 
  • Peak Bloom
    late June 
  • Flower Size
  • Size
    38” x 40” 
  • Flower Type