Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Extremely like E. pallida -- two differences are the width of the ray flowers and the color of the pollen. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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. Read more in Weakley's Flora.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
A taxonomic revision of Echinacea (Binns, Baum & Arnason, 2002)
Echinacea pallida var. simulata
Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Prairie Purple Coneflower, Wavyleaf Purple Coneflower, Glade Coneflower
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Ray flowers 13-21, narrow, drooping. Disc purplish, conic. Pollen yellow, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
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Work is needed to disentangle the distributions of E. pallida & simulata, per Weakley's Flora (2012).