This prairie native is fairly drought tolerant because droughty conditions are typical to summer on the plains! Blooming from July to September, it packs a great punch of color whether you prefer pale pastel or bright saturated tones in your garden. Its raised, mahogany-colored centers are a butterfly and pollinator magnet. Slightly drooping petals provide beautiful contrast.
We prefer to use the natural color, purplish crimson. There has been much plant breeding in recent years to select other colors, heights, and even double petals. Read the Mt. Cuba Center’s research report on the best Echinacea for the Mid-Atlantic region. These plants will perform well in New England, too. See the report here: Echinacea Report