If you can find this endangered plant for your garden, make sure you plant it away from the more common Echinacea purpurea. Otherwise, it will be crowded out. This plant is growing with others of its kind amongst Prairie Dropseed grass in the flower bed along the walk to the front door of our home. The only problem is the gold finches which pluck off some of the petals, disfiguring the flower. The finches also eat the seeds as soon as they appear. Echinacea tennesseensis has petals that turn upward not downward like Echinacea purpurea..
Home is 22 acres of land in east central Illinois along the Salt Fork River. We have learned a lot over the past 19 years changing the land from agricultural use (corn and beans) to a variety of native habitats that have become home to many animals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants. This blog is an attempt to record for ourselves, and share with others, the joys, challenges and frustrations in creating Habitat Home. Our "Managed Earth" and "Climate Change and Wildlife Habitat" posts give some motivational background on why we do these things.