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Echinacea, also known by their common name, Coneflower, are bright, tall, drought-resistant and a favorite of pollinators. Echinacea produces colorful, fragrant, daisy-like blooms that bumble bees, hummingbirds and butterflies flock to. Echinacea is a favorite of the herbal medicine industry and one of the greatest wildflowers on the plains. Plant en masse to create an amazing display and to help support threatened wildlife. Native to the southeastern U.S. Deer and critter resistant.
About this Variety
Echinacea Purpurea, commonly called purple coneflower, produces showy, daisy-like, large, purple flowers that bloom atop strong, stiff stems with broad, dark green leaves.
- Bright, showy blooms
- Beneficial to pollinators; attracts bees, butterflies & hummingbirds
- Drought tolerant
- Excellent for bouquets and cut flower arrangements
- Deer & critter resistant
Grows 24-48" tall
Plant 18-24" apart, 1-2" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant echinacea in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a full sun location in moist but well draining soil. Soil preparation: The ideal soil is porous and drains well and yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments (peat moss or ground bark). Spread a 3-4" layer of soil amendment, add fertilizer and incorporate together into the soil to a depth of 10". To plant: Dig a hole 1-2" deep in a sunny (at least 6 hours of direct sun), well drained location. Place the echinacea in hole with roots pointed down and space 18-24" apart. Cover with soil and water. Mulch in extreme climates.
Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants usually rebloom without deadheading, however, prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance. Freely self-seeds if at least some of the seed heads are left in place.