Native Purple Coneflower

pufftrinket(5MI)August 4, 2012

I have, in the past, found it difficult to sift through online information about native plants.

This forum has often pointed me in the right direction.

I created a webpage(blog-style) on several species of native coneflower. It's essentially a colleciton of links and resources.

I wonder if some of you would be willing to take a look and give some feedback?

Perhaps you know of more resources I could include.


Jule R.

Here is a link that might be useful: Native Purple Coneflower

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Interesting and very nicely done. One thing: you need to indicate which ones are protected and where. (Maybe you did that, and I missed it.)

In NC E. laevigata and E. purpurea are on the protected list. Recently folks on the rare plant list serve here were excited to have found what appears to be natural stands of E. purpurea, apparently very uncommon in the state.

Also, this means that gardeners cannot share either of these plants without a state permit to do so, and officially nurseries cannot sell without state permits. This has not been widely advertised, so there is major confusion and little compliance.

Nice to see such lovely photos and good data in one place. Good luck with your project.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 9:43AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Very nice.

I would suggest formatting some of the info common to a section to appear in the same location or with the same subheader throughout all your entries. So for example, germinating seed info would have a standard subheader in your "garden" or "seeds" sections. It makes it a little more encyclopedic and easier to find the same info across the species.

Given my own interests, I always look for the ethnobotanical info on native plant species. And since I happen to have my copy of Native American Ethnobotany by Moerman sitting here next to the computer at the moment, I looked up echinacea - E. angustifolia, E. pallida, E. purpurea all have entries. These are the same species that have listings at Plants for a Future. So you could include some links to herbal info - echinacea is a hugely popular medicinal plant. Just be sure to include some stewardship info or info from United Plant Savers to accompany it. No one should be wild harvesting these plants - they are so easy to grow for your own medicinal use, even from seed. Dead simple to start plants from seed with wintersowing.


    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 11:32AM
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Alas, no sharing of your seedlings without a permit in NC. In my old age, I love growing things from seed but can hardly use all that germinate if I get good results.

Obviously, no one I know wants anything wild collected unless the site will be destroyed for a road, development, etc., and rescued with permission of the land owner.

However, even plants legally acquired cannot be propagated and shared (no money involved) unless one has a permit from the state. There are 419 plants on the NC list, so we are talking about more than this species.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 12:48PM
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Thank you! I appreciate your time and suggestions.

I will work on the protected status, and on the internal organization of each section.

Interesting information... thank you.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 11:08AM
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