Echinacea Tennesseensis

Okay, I know I have some readers who work for the State.  I’m not asking you to out yourselves.  I’m just asking you to ask around and find out two things.

1.) If Echinacea Tennesseensis is endangered and if it only grows in Davidson, Wilson, and Rutherford counties, should willing gardeners in Davidson, Wilson, and Rutherford counties plant it in our gardens to help keep it going?

2.) If so, where can we acquire seeds?

and maybe a 3.)  I’m all excited about having a bunch of Echinacea in my garden, but should I be concerned about cross-pollination with e. tennesseensis in a way that would harmfully dilute the gene pool?

15 thoughts on “Echinacea Tennesseensis

  1. Are we talking about purple cone flower here? I did not know it was endangered. I can’t imagine it’s endangered. But heck, i’ve got tons of it in my backyard, and it grows like a weed. Go ahead and plant it, it’s pretty.

  2. It’s a purple coneflower but not the usual one. This one has petals that go straight out or maybe a little up instead of down in the typical “shuttlecock” look.

    Rachel, well, shoot, then, I guess I could plant some. I noticed that the coneflowers that I ordered say that some have straight out petals, so now I wonder if those are E. tennesseensis or hybrids.

    I also saw online that it’s in March when coneflowers start to do their shit beneath the ground. America, should I be planting flower seeds now?!

  3. Oooo. And I forgot to mention that I got a line on a guy who used to study the Tennessee coneflower! Because my readers are so damn awesome. So, we should know more, hopefully, soon.

  4. Yeah, I’m wondering about the hybrid thing too – I did some web searching and found some discussions of who was allowed to sell them or not b/c of the endangered status. Will be interested in finding out more.

  5. If it’s endangered, plant it at the very front of your yard, bordering the highway. That way you can cause TDOT a lot of grief when we come to widen Clarksville Highway.

  6. That’s what I saw, too. I’m suspicious that E. tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’ is probably what’s being sold by most places as plain old E. tennesseensis and I think ‘Rocky Top’ is a gardener designed sub-species that is not quite the same as what they’re trying to get to grow here.

    W., I keep looking at y’all’s site and it says that you’re only widening Clarksville Pike north to Briley. Are you coming further north than that with the widening, because, if you are, believe me, I’m going to take Friday off to sow some E. tennesseensis in the ditch on your recommendation.

  7. Yes, carpet Bell’s Bend with coneflowers. It would be especially good if you could discover some miniature big-eyed adorable animals. (I would suggest Pink’s puppies, but I think they’ll grow up too soon.)

  8. Well, we’re going to need a real expert to weight in, but I wouldn’t think that a sub-species like ‘Rocky Top’ would be a hybrid exactly. It could just be Tennessee Coneflowers that have, over time, been selected to perform well in gardens. Like you could breed a short eared basset hound by just selecting the shortest eared basset hounds to breed. They’d still be bassets and come from only basset stock, but they’d still be slightly different than a normal basset.

    I just wonder if that’s what’s going on with this.

    But I don’t know. I await the words of the experts. And, if it turns out that they are the same, I’m totally cross-breeding them with adorable puppies and setting them to roam Bell’s Bend!

  9. To my knowledge there’s no plan to go further at the moment. But it will happen someday after everyone stops believing your propoganda and decides they want to live there.

    Yes, carpet Bell’s Bend with coneflowers
    That would just cause all sorts of grief. Those property owners wouldn’t be able to use their property any more. Think of all the cows who would starve for lack of pastures.

  10. You need to talk to Mike out at GroWild nursery in Fairview http://www.growildinc.com/ or

    Andy Sudbrock at Nashville Natives in Peagram http://www.nashvillenatives.com/

    Buy local, whenever you can.

    Echinachea Tennessensis is a native coneflower commonly found only in Cedar Glade areas in middle Tennessee. Specifically in Cedars of Lebanon State Park originally. It likes it hot, dry and with thin soil and a high lime content.

    An excellent reference book is by Margie Hunter -Gardening with Native Plants of Tennessee. She lives here and is a great resource.

    Last but not least, consult with the Tennessee Native Plant Society, you may have to Google them for a contact.

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