Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

 

Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower wildflower garden

skipper on Purple Coneflowers
Skipper at the Olmsted Arts Festiva
Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range
Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Purple Coneflower.
Seed Provenance - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2012 - present

Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2011

Cultivation Information
Pronounced - eck-in-AY-see-ah

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

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



Propagation Notes -

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

Seeds Planted -
2-9-2012

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