Yellow Coneflower, Ozark Coneflower
Synonyms of Echinacea paradoxa: Brauneria paradoxa Norton, Echinacea atrorubens var. paradoxa (Norton) Cronquist
Echinacea paradoxa Britton is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Yellow Coneflower. It was named and described as such by Nathaniel Lord Britton in the second edition of An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States in 1913.
Accepted Infraspecific name: Echinacea paradoxa var. neglecta McGregor. Some sites also list Echinacea paradoxa var. paradoxa
The genus, Echinacea Moench, was named and described as such by Conrad Moench in Methodus Plantas Horti Botanici et Agri Marburgensis in 1794.
Plants of the World Online lists 9 accepted species in the Echinacea genus (as of 3-16-20 when I am updating this page). Echinacea is a member of the Asteraceae Family with 1,761 genera. Those numbers are likely to change.
The above distribution map of Echinacea paradoxa from the USDA Plants Database shows where the species is native. The map from Plants of the World Online shows it only present in Missouri and Arkansas but it probably needs updating. The USDA Plants Database shows Echinacea paradoxa var. neglecta present in Oklahoma and Texas and E. paradoxa var. paradoxa has been found in Missouri and Arkansas.
There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading and to help make a positive ID.
I have no Echinacea paradoxa growing on the farm here in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street). I took the above photo a few miles south along a road in Henry County where there are a couple of fairly good-sized colonies. I also noticed several colonies on the road going to my cousin’s farm east of Clinton (in Henry County).
I didn’t take many photos of these plants in 2019 so I will go back and take more in 2020. Then I will add descriptions of the flowers, stems, and leaves. You can go to the links at the bottom of the page for descriptions and ID information.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.
NOTE: Plants of the World Online is the most up-to-date database. It is very hard for some to keep with name changes these days so you may find a few discrepancies between the websites. Just be patient. Hopefully, someday they will be in harmony. 🙂