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Echinacea simulata R.L. McGregor. Prairie Purple Coneflower, Glade Coneflower. Phen: Jun-Jul. Hab: Prairies, dry open woodlands, roadsides. Dist: IN, IL, and MO south to KY, TN, and n. AR; some of the more eastern disjunct populations previously considered to be E. pallida are actually E. simulata; additional work is needed to disentangle the relative distributions of these two species in our area. GA native populations (Floyd Co.) are E. simulata.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = Ar, FNA21, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mo2, Tn, Baskin, Snyder, & Baskin (1993), Foster (1991), McGregor (1968), McKeown (1999); = Echinacea pallida (Nutt.) Nutt. var. simulata (McGregor) Binns, B.R.Baum, & Arnason – Binns, Baum, & Arnason (2002); = Echinacea speciosa McGregor; = n/a – RAB; < Echinacea pallida (Nutt.) Nutt. – F, G, W; < Echinacea pallida (Nutt.) Nutt. var. pallida – C, SE1

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image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷

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