Echinacea angustifolia, the narrow-leaved purple coneflower or blacksamson echinacea, is a North American plant species in sunflower family. It is widespread across much of the Great Plains of central Canada and the central United States.
A narrow-leaf purple coneflower is a compact perennial that is primarily native to upland dry prairie areas in the Great Plains. It is a small coneflower that grows 1-2’ tall on rigid, upright, hairy stems clad with narrow, lanceeolate to ovate green leaves (to 4-6” long). Flowers (to 3” diameter) feature light pink to pale purple rays that spread outward and usually droop. Orange-brown center cones. Flowers bloom in June and July, sometimes with sporadic continued bloom throughout the summer. Goldfinches are attracted to the seeds that form in the center cones. Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos meaning hedgehog in reference to the spiny center cone. Angustifolia means narrow-leaved.