Common Name: Smooth Coneflower
Scientific Name: Echinacea laevigata
Origin: Piedmont region of Southeast United States
Bloom time: May - July
Smooth Coneflower (Echinacea laevigata) is an endangered prairie species found only in two counties of Georgia. The Garden partnered with the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to monitor and maintain this species.
Every year, Garden staff joins the State Botanical Garden and other partners to cut and clear woody plants to increase light availability at Smooth Coneflower sites. This maintenance is crucial for maintaining this plant's habitat, and every year populations increase within monitored sites.