Answer: Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) could be four feet tall in a shady location. The flowers sometimes look like wiry bits surrounding the center as the petals are unfurling at the beginning. Color and flower size can be influenced by age of the individual flower, seed strain, location, weather and soil, so there could be some variation attributed to that. Extra large foliage and possibly a portion of the excess height can be attributed to lack of light as well as possibly, in extreme cases, an oversupply of nitrogen. I hope the flowers looked better as the season progressed. You might be interested to know that there are also different types of echinacea, some of which such as E. pallida would match your description; maybe you have something other than the purple coneflower? I apologize for the delay in answering your question.
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