Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)
Echinacea pallida ("pallida" means pale), or Pale Purple Coneflower, a native wildflower, is similar to another native, Echinacea purpurea, we see so often in perennial gardens. Echinacea pallida, however, has pale pink, drooping, wind-swept petals that are most appealing, and narrow, almost downy, foliage. Echinacea pallida grows between two and three feet tall and tolerates dry soil, as it is most at home on the prairie. Those narrow, spidery petals take my breath away. Sun. Zones 5-9. Quarts.
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Echinacea purpurea is always a welcome sight in summer. This native purple cone flower, with dark pink flowers and a prominent dark brown center cone, grows to about four feet. (Indians used the stiff bristle dried cones as combs. Try it - it works.) Sun/part shade; Zones 3-8.