Echinacea simulata (Asteraceae)
Wavyleaf Purple Coneflower
Almost identical to Echinacea pallida, and also known as Pale Purple Coneflower. Its limited distribution is centered around the Ozarks, where it is found on rocky soils, prairies, and in open woods. Blooms are pale pink to almost white, with slender drooping petals and narrow dark green leaves. While it looks elegant and delicate, this species is tough, and tolerant of heat, drought and poor soils. Good drainage is essential. Use in a meadow or prairie setting or on an open rocky slope. Leave the seed heads for birds and to self-sow.
Bloom color: pale pink
Bloom period: early-summer
Container size: Qt.