Echinacea paradoxa Yellow Coneflower



Aptly named, Echinacea paradoxa is a yellow Purple Coneflower, hence the 'paradoxa' epitaph. Drooping yellow flower petals surround copper brown cones at the top of tall stems. Smooth, lance-shaped, dark green leaves form a basal rosette. Echinacea paradoxa's heaviest bloom is in early summer, but it may bloom sporadically throughout the summer. Fragrant and showy perennial Yellow Coneflower blooms are nice for cutting.

A clump forming Oklahoma native, Echinacea paradoxa will self sow.

Echinacea paradoxa prefers full sun and average to poor, well-drained soil. Yellow Coneflower is drought tolerant and will easily naturalize where happy. Excellent meadow plant.


  • Common Names: Yellow Purple Coneflower
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers average to dryish, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 24-48"
  • Width at Maturity: 12-18"
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Clay Soil.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Fragrant. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

Plants can be cut to the ground in late fall after the blooms are finished, or left intact for small birds like goldfinches to scavenge the seeds. If it's the latter, cut the plants back in late winter or early spring before the new growth emerges. Cut them to within 3-5 inches of the ground.
We do not recommend covering coneflowers with mulch for the winter, because in our experiences, it can kill them instead of protect them. Coneflowers are very resilient on their own.

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will be held until late August/early September when our fall shipping season begins. We stop shipping plants every summer due to the high temperatures. We appreciate your patience!

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