Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range
Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Purple Coneflower.
skipper on Purple Coneflowers
Skipper at the Olmsted Arts Festiva
Wildlife Significance
Nectar Source :  For wasps, butterflies: Swallowtail, Viceroy, Monarchs, sulfurs, grass skippers, fritillaries numerous bees including bumble bees, sweat bee and sunflower leafcutter bees. flies, and beetles

Pollen Source: Bees, flies and beetles

Host plant  - For the Pearl Crescent butterfly,  various checkerspots as well as 12 other butterflies.

Oligolectic Bees - are bees that are very particular as to what plant family they gather their nectar and pollen. Purple Coneflower is such a plant for the Andrena helianthiformis.Andrea - Mining Bees

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower site

swallowtail butterfly on coneflower
Seed Provenance - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2012 - present - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2011

Purple Coneflower wildflower garden
Cultivation Information
Pronounced - eck-in-AY-see-ah

Sun -
Full sun, part sun
Height - 2 - 3 ft
Flower Color - Purple
- July - September
Hardy Zone - 4 to 9
Soil - Well drained

- Asteraceae
insect on purple coneflower
Monarch Butterfly on Purple Coneflowers
Purple Coneflower - butterfly nectar plant
Purple Coneflower - Butterfly Nectar Plant

Propagation Notes -

Storage - Moist Cold - 
60 days - Small Zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds Planted -

Sprouted -
2-18-2012 - Many

Night Temperature -
61 - 63°F

Day Temperature -
64 - 65°F - Under florescent lights

Natural light - 3-4-12 
- Few hours each day of exposure to sun light