Narrow-leaved Coneflower is a summer-blooming perennial bearing rosy-pink flowers with reflexed petals; attractive to butterflies. Like the common Purple Coneflower (E. purpurea), this species is native to the Midwestern U.S. Also known as "Mad Dog Plant" because the Plains Indians prized it as a remedy for rabid dog and rattlesnake bites, this species was likely included in an 1805 shipment of plants sent to Thomas Jefferson by the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Deer-resistant and drought-tolerant. Recorded and/or collected by Lewis and Clark on their expedition.
Native Distribution: CO, DC, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, WY
Sow seeds indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost date at 65 degrees F. To improve germination, pretreat seeds with cold, moist stratification for 30-90 days before sowing, or direct sow in fall. Transplant to 3” pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and plant outdoors in well-drained soil after the last frost. Approximately 30-40 seeds per packet.
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