Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Pale Purple Coneflower

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Echinacea pallida

    COMMON NAMES: Pale Purple Coneflower

    BLOOM TIME: June, July

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie credit: R. Kapala


    • Root length 6 ½ to 10 foot, long tap root can withstand prolonged drought & plants can grow 2 to 5 foot tall.
    • Native Americans used most widely as prevention or treatment of the common cold, flu-like infections, snake bites, bee stings, headaches, stomach cramps, poorly healing wounds, and distemper in horses.
    • American Indians also used in rituals to endure extreme heat. (somewhat of a burn preventative, enables body to endure extreme heat).
    • In full bloom honey scent attracts bees & butterflies then after pollinated scent changes to vanilla.


    • Long-tongued bees, butterflies, & skippers are the most important visitors to the flowers.
    • A favorite of Goldfinches, who eat almost all the seeds before winter from home gardens.