NC State University
House with native plants and animalsGoing Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants
Home > How to Go Native > Map Existing Site and Vegetation > Native Plants Attractive to Wildlife

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Coneflower is herbaceous perennial that may grow 3 to 4 feet high. The leaves are alternate with a smooth margin. Pinkish purple flowers mature in early summer and continue into mid fall.

Wildlife

Flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Songbirds, especially American goldfinches, eat the seeds.

Plant Type Herb/Wildflower
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance High
Regions Mountain, Piedmont
Light Full Sun
Soil Moist, Dry
Bloom Times Summer, Late Summer
Seed Times Late Summer, Fall
Wildlife Value Seed or Nut, Butterfly/Insect Nectar
NC Forest ServiceNC Cooperative Extension