ECHINACEA paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) is a species of perennial flowering plant within the Echinacea genus. It is native to the central United States, particularly in the Ozark and Mississippi River regions. Yellow Coneflower is notable for its unique yellow flowers, which differentiate it from other more commonly seen purple or pink coneflowers.
Appearance: Yellow Coneflower typically grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters). It features slender, branching stems with rough, lance-shaped leaves. The flowers have distinctive drooping petals that are a vibrant yellow color, and a prominent dark brown to black cone-shaped center.
Blooming period: This species usually blooms from mid-summer to early fall, typically from July to September. The bright yellow flowers attract various pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Habitat and cultivation: Echinacea paradoxa prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. It is commonly found in prairies, open woodlands, and along roadsides. When cultivated, it is a relatively low-maintenance plant and is suitable for wildflower gardens, native plant gardens, and naturalized areas.
Garden and landscape use: Yellow Coneflower adds a unique splash of yellow color to the landscape, making it a desirable choice for gardens. It pairs well with other flowering perennials and can be incorporated into mixed borders or prairie-style plantings. Like other coneflowers, it is also attractive to pollinators, contributing to the biodiversity of the garden.
Medicinal and herbal uses: While not as well-studied as Echinacea purpurea, some herbal practitioners use Echinacea paradoxa in traditional medicine for its potential immune-boosting properties. The roots, flowers, or leaves may be used to make herbal remedies or teas. As with any herbal remedies, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before use.
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Scientific Name: Echinacea Paradoxa
Common Name: Yellow Coneflower
Plant Type: Perennials
Native Range: Arkansas and Missouri
Full Growth Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 1-2 ft
Zone: 5 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Flower: Showy, Cut Flowers
Flower Color: Yellow
Resistant: Drought, Deer, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Well-drained, Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Garden Uses: Borders, Beds, Prairies, Meadows, Rock Gardens