A Field Guide to the Prairie

Purple coneflower
Photo: Joe Riederer
Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea
Aster Family (Asteraceae)
Habitat/Range: Occasional in prairies and open woodlands; scattered throughout the tallgrass region west to southeastern Kansas.

Plants to 5 feet tall with branched stems. The rough leaves are coarsely toothed and alternate. Flower heads are on individual stalks near the tops of stems, with each head 2.5-5 inches wide and consisting of up to 20 purple, petal-like ray flowers surrounding a cone-shaped head.

Text from: Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers : A Falcon Field Guide : A Nature Conservancy Book

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