Originally native to the open grasslands and prarie regions of North America east of the Rocky Mountains, Echinacea purpurea has faced habitat loss due to the expansion of livestock grazing and agricultural development. This species is now listed as endangered in Florida and presumed to be locally extinct in Michigan. It is well loved by bees and other pollinators, while also providing habitat for the increasingly rare Ottoe Skipper butterfly.
Sow seed in the early spring in the greenhouse or outdoor flats and transplant seedlings in mid-spring. Alternatively, sow seeds shallowly directly into the garden or meadow in mid-spring. Keep moist and practice good weed control as seedlings grow.
Plant 12" apart.
This species is well suited to a variety of growing conditions and climates from zones 4-9 and does well in garden beds and pots.
Approximately 25-30 seed per pack.
ABOUT THE SEED STEWARDSHIP PROJECT
COMMUNITY SEED MAP
We've created this community map for seed stewards to add individual pins, showcasing which seeds have been planted and where. We hope to fill the map with pins, as we rebuild the populations of these special plants. Explore the map below, and click on any pin to see details and user-added photos. Want to add your own pin? Add your free seed packet to any regular order, then scan the QR code once you receive your seeds.