Native to the Eastern and Midwestern United States south to Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia, this coneflower is found in limestone glades, oak savannas, fields, prairies, and along railroads. It is a low maintenance, adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity, and poor soils. Plants freely self-seed if not deadheaded. The central taproot must be well-covered with soil to better survive winter. Good as a cut flower and for tallgrass prairie mixes.