Echinacea, Pallida

Hardy in USDA Zones 4 - 9. 'Pallida' Echinacea grows best in full sun or afternoon shade 30-40 inches in height. Blooms large daisy flowers with mauve petals that tend to be very droopy. Dead head the old blossoms to promote new ones. Fresh cut the blossoms for outstanding floral displays. Bloom time runs mid- summer into fall. Plant in normal garden soil but tolerates both sandy or clay. Plant and space in multiples to maximize color impact in the garden. Separate over-crowded plants in early spring.

'Pallida' Echinacea has aromatic blossoms that are attractive to butterflies and bumble bees. Planted in masses, rewards the gardener with fresh cut flowers to use as fresh or dried bouquets. Deer and rabbits do not like the aroma or the taste. Safe to plant with little worry of being eaten by animals.

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The common name is: Pale Purple Coneflower. While most varieties are drought tolerant, 'Pallida' Echinacea is considered the most tolerant Echinacea. Medicinal immune boosting and wound healing properties are historically known to be of use from the root of the Echinacea plant. Widely accepted and used in European countries. American Indians also used the plant for this purpose. Data info @ echinacea.com

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