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Common Name: Blacksampson

Other Names: Echinacea, Prairie Purple Coneflower

Species Name: Echinacea angustifolia

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Tallgrass prairie and Great Plains from Saskatchewan and Minnesota to Texas
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics
    • Fuzzy stems and leaves
    • Long narrow leaves that get wider close to the tip floral
    • Large flower heads on long stems
    • Flowers purple with yellow, orange or dark purple elevated center
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Lanceolate to oblong
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: Numerous
    • Flower Color: Light purple to magenta or pink
    • Flower Timing: June-August
    • Fruit Type: Achenes, 4-sided



Soil Type Loam and clay-loam soils
Habitat Margins of highway and right-of-ways
Successional Stage Mid to late


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