Echinacea purpurea is perhaps one of the most decorative flowers that are found in several gardens and parks across the United States.  The Purple Coneflower is a plant that prefers moist well-drained soil, but it has also adapted to tolerate dry, humid conditions.  It is primarily found in tall grass prairies as well as open wooded regions.  It is native to North America and it extends through the Great Plains from Michigan all the way down to northern Texas and Georgia.  To learn about the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus, an organism that shares the same habitat, click here.

This unique and luxurious plant seems to bloom without end throughout the summer to fall and it works well with other organisms attracting butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.  Today this plant’s habitat is being threatened by farming, overgrazing, and human activities.  There are some prairie restoration projects occurring all around the Midwest, but we should all do our part and attempt to restore the prairie habitats by planting fields of Echinacea purpurea and other native plants.  Click here to continue on to adaptation.