Echinacea Tennesseensis & Shipping Problems

jim_6b(TN)October 27, 2006

I have between 75 and 100 Tennessee Purple Coneflower plants. They are plants that sprouted this Spring from last years seed. The size of the plants are from 3 to 7 inches tall and a few of them have one or two blooms on them. These plants need a good home but here is my problem. Echinacea tennesseensis is and endangered plant and it is not legal to sell or trade them. I have talked to several people at the US Fish and Wildlife Service and they told me that it was legal to give the plants or seed to people who may want them. We discussed forums such as these and they said that it was legal to have SASBE offers for seed and the same applied to the plants. You send me return postage and nothing else that could be considered a trade and I can send you seed and plants. They can also be mailed across state lines but not out of the country. So I guess my main question is what would be the best way to offer these plants. I have sent 1 box out using Priority Mail. It weighed less than 1 pound and had about 20 to 25 coneflower plants in it and only cost $4.05. Is it possible for people interested to go to the post office and purchase a stamp or something for $4.05 and mail that to me or is there a better way. Delivery conformation would be something to consider also. I just hate for these plants to end up in the compost pile.

Thanks in advance.


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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)


I did a search on it, and posted a link below. Lovely wildflower!

While I don't really need that many, I suppose I could sqeeze several in around different places...and some may not make it anyway....and then may be able to share/give some at a 2007 swap meet.

I'd be glad to send 4.05 plus 55 (or is it now 60) for confirmation in the form of stanps.

I have read of some members who have sent plants out of the goodness of their heart b4 collecting the postage, just to never hear anything back from the receiver, and never collecting the postage spent.

Why not offer them up on the Native Plant Exchange, and see if there are others interested in prepaying postage with stamps.

Also, is there a forum that covers your state of TN? Ohio Valley Forum covers Indiana, and several might post there...and of course there is the main Plant Exchange.

I you will send you an email (not via GW as so many are going into cyberspace for me it seems).

Here is a link that might be useful: Info on Echinacea Tennesseensis

    Bookmark   October 27, 2006 at 2:20PM
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sguanzon(z9 AZ)

Jim -- I would gladly send you a priority mail stamp plus the confirmation cost. Would give them a good home. Please let me know.

Sue G.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2006 at 5:17PM
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Thanks for the responses. I have had enough people contact me and were very helpful and now have homes for all of my plants.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2006 at 11:56PM
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