2 to 3 ft.
1 to 2 ft.
USDA zones 4-9
Tennessee purple coneflower is a pretty perennial flower. It has dark green, lance-shaped leaves. In mid-summer, showy, daisy-like flowers bloom on slender stems. The flowers have pretty pink petals that turn up rather than drooping down like other coneflowers. The cone in the middle of the flowers is darker than eastern purple coneflower.
The flowers always face east, so plant it in a location where you'll be able to enjoy the front side of the beautiful blossoms.
Tennesee purple coneflower was listed as an endangered species for over 30 years, native only to an area covering three counties in Tennessee. Due to successful conservation efforts, it is now available at nurseries for sale.
There is one beautiful clump of Tennessee coneflower growing at the Xeriscape Garden in blue grama grass. We have tried transplanting numerous other plants without success. Most often, the rabbits eat them before they grow a new root system. This plant is worth growing if you can transplant it successfully in your yard.
Tennessee coneflower should be trimmed to the ground in early spring. We leave the "cones" on the plant in the fall because their dark color is quite beautiful in autumn and winter. They also provide seed for birds.