Above: Purple coneflower in the woods in Nakoma Park in Madison, Wisconsin. (8/01/20).
Purple coneflower - Echinacea purpurea
Grows up to 2- 5' tall and branches occasionally. Purple coneflower prefers full to partial sun with dry to moderate moisture such as prairies and woods.
The pink to purple flower rays are about 1/4"-1/3" wide (They tend to droop downward with age) surrounding a prominent domed central protuberance consisting of multiple small yellow florets.
Blooms June - October. The blooming period oftenn has two stages. The first bloom begins in mid-summer and lasts about a month. Then, after a temporary dormancy, some plants may bloom again in the early fall.
Other names include: Broad-leaved purple coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower, Hedgehog Coneflower, Echinacea.
Latin: Echinacea: Greek meaning "sea urchin" or "hedgehog" referring to sharp, spiny chaff on domed center of head. Purpurea means "reddish-purple."
Above: Purple coneflower in the woods in Nakoma Park in Madison, Wisconsin on July 23, 2020.
For more information on Purple coneflower, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Purple coneflower.
Above: Purple coneflower in the woods in Nakoma Park in Madison, Wisconsin. (7/21/19)
Above: Purple coneflower on bikepath at Glenway crossing in Madison, Wisconsinn. (7/21/19)
Above: I believe this is a purple coneflower 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)
Above: Purple coneflower specimen collected vacant lot on Regent Street in Madison, Wisconsin on September 22, 1995.