Authentic Wisconsin.  Pale purple coneflower - Echinacea pallida


Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on May June 29, 2019.

Above: Pale purple coneflower on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way. (6/29/19).


Pale purple coneflower - Echinacea pallida

The Wisconsin DNR lists the Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) as a Wisconsin Threatened plant.

Pale purple coneflower grows 2-5' tall and prefer full sun with dry to moderate moisture such as prairies and meadows.

Stems are hairy, green to purplish in color and usually unbranched.

Flower head rays are narrow, linear, elongated (1 1/2" - 3 1/2" long and less than 1/4" wide) and drooping. They are pink to pale purple in color and surround a prominent reddish brown domed cone covered in tiny red/brown disk florets. When the ray florets shrivel away the central cone turns black.

Blooms June - August.

Other names include: Prairie coneflower.

Latin: Echinacea: Greek meaning "sea urchin" or "hedgehog" referring to sharp, spiny chaff on domed center of head.

Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 12, 2019.

Above: Pale purple coneflower on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way in Madison, Wisconsin on June 12, 2019. The leaves are clearly visible.


For more information on Pale purple coneflower, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Pale purple coneflower.

Or, visit the Wisconsin DNR website page about Pale purple coneflower.

Note: some of the flowers shown below might actually be purple coneflowers. When identifying this flower, you must see the leaves to be certain.


Pale purple coneflower on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 26, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on  July 11, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on  July 11, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 26, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 25, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 20, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 20, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 17, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 13, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 12, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 11, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 11, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 12, 2019.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way onJuly 1, 2020.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on July 8, 2020.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on July 4, 2020.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on July 4, 2020.
Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on July 4, 2020.

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Pale purple coneflower
Echinacea pallida


Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 11, 2019.


Above: Pale purple coneflower on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way. Long, slender leaves are clearly visible. (6/11/19)


Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on June 26, 2019.


Above: Pale purple coneflower on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way. (6/26/19)


Pale purple coneflower on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on July 8, 2019.


Above: Pale purple coneflower on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way. (7/08/19)


Pale purple coneflower seed pod on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on  September 28, 2019.


Above: Pale purple coneflower seed pod on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way. (9/28/19)


Pale purple coneflower seed pod on bank of Retaining Pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way on  September 8, 2019.


Above: Pale purple coneflower seed pod on the banks of the retaining pond on the corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way. (9/8/19)


Coneflower in Nakoma Park on August 19, 2020.


Above: (Questonable) I believe this is a purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) as it is not very tall and was in the Nakoma Park woods where I clearly viewed the leaves of other Purple Coneflowers. (8/19/20)


Pale purple coneflower illustration circa 1913.



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