Usually, the stems are green in color, but some plants have shades of purple or red. The stems possess coarse hair, which are whitish in color. Most of the leaves are concentrated near the base of the plant.
There are very few leaves on the stems, and the basal leaves have long stalks. The leaves have rough surfaces, parallel veins, coarse white hair, and tapering tips. The leaves of this plant can have a maximum length of ten inches, and a width of up to two inches.
Normally, a single daisy-like flower can be seen at the tip of each stem. The width of the flower can be between one to three inches, and the color of the petals ranges from pale rose to purple and white. In pale purple coneflowers, the petals are ray florets, that can be around 12 to 20 in number.
As the season ends, the ray florets shrivel away, and the color of the disk florets' cone turns to black. The fruits, called 'cypselae', have angled edges. These plants have a deep spindle-shaped taproot system.
Range, Habitat, and Planting
The pale purple coneflower, which is native to the south central United States, is widely distributed in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Alabama, and Texas. Though found in the states of Tennessee and Wisconsin, it is a threatened species in these regions.
Their habitat includes dry black soil prairies, savannas, abandoned fields, limestone glades, and open areas adjacent to railroads.
These plants are mainly grown for prairie landscaping, native gardens, roadside gardens, wildlife food, medicinal uses, etc. A seedbed should be prepared for planting the seeds. It should be firm enough to plant the seeds 1/8 inch deep.
The seedbed can be subjected to chemical weed control measures. Most people prefer dormant seeds for planting, as they give good results. It takes about two months to break dormancy, provided the environment is cold and moist.