||This species is much more difficult to find in the trade. Echinacea sanguinea is a diminutive species compare to others in the Genus which often boast larger flowers. Native to the mid west and ranges from as far east as Louisiana north to Arkansas west to Oklahoma back south into Texas. It non the less a very attractive species for smaller garden for the collector garden or in mass plantings. Foliage is mostly basal,(Linear)narrow and plant sends up flowering stems to 20" producing very graceful rich colored flowers. The specific epithet sanguinea translates from Latin "blood" in English, referring to the color of the petals, which often has reddish tons towards the center. Quite a charming species that should not be over looked as it and other natives often are.
E. sanguinea grows in acidic, sandy soils in the open fields and pine woods of the West Gulf Coastal Plain. The plants are not very cold hardy in comparison to other species in the genus. This species is similar to E. pallida, with long, thin ray flowers that occur on slender, swaying stems. The disk corolla of E. sanguinea is characteristically blood red in color, as are the seeds. Sow in spring stratification not necessary.