Gardening for Wildlife Month: Purple Coneflowers

20060715_0141When gardening for wildlife, using native plants is the best option for attracting local wildlife. One of the most useful plants in the native garden is purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). It’s benefits include:

  • Attractive, long-lasting summer blooms add beauty both on it’s own and mixed in with other flowering plants in the garden. Blooms last from summer to fall and the seed heads lend intrest to the garden in the winter
  • Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds use the coneflower as a nectar source.
  • Caterpillars and moths use it as a food source.
  • It’s a hardy, naturalizing perennial. They self-sow, don’t need to be divided, and are drought tolerant. You’ll save time, money, and other resources .
  • After the blooms fade, birds feast on the seeds.





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