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Family Asteraceae
Echinacea pallida (Nutt.) Nutt.
pale purple coneflower, prairie coneflower
Echinacea: Greek meaning "sea urchin" or "hedgehog" referring to sharp, spiny chaff on domed center of head
pallida: pale
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Status: Threatened
Plant: erect, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb; several, usually unbranched, hairy, green to purplish, clustered stems; from a strong taproot
Flower: 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.
Leaf:blades usually 5 to 20 times as long as wide
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, meadows; in sandy, loamy soil
Notes: often planted north of its natural range

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Echinacea list Google- Images or Text

Flora of North America (off site)
Brauneria pallida (Nutt.) Britton
Echinacea pallida (Nutt.) Nutt. var. pallida
Rudbeckia pallida Nutt.

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