Purple coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Photo/Illustration: 
AmericanMeadows.com
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Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
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Synonyms:  Rudbeckia purpurea
Genus:  Echinacea
Create a field full of gorgeous pink blooms with easy-to-grow Echinacea seeds. Butterflies and Hummingbirds will flock to your property each summer and the multitude of blooms make for spectacular bouquets. -American Meadows
Noteworthy Characteristics:  The flowers attract bees and butterflies while in bloom. If the cones are left intact in winter, birds dine on the seeds.
Care: 

Grow in deep, well-drained soil in full sun. It is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity, and poor soils. Cut back stems to promote more flowering and reduce excessive self-seeding. Deadheading prolongs flowering.

Propagation:   Sow seed in spring. Divide clumps in spring every 3 to 4 years. Take root cuttings from autumn to early winter.
Problems:  Leaf miners, powdery mildew, bacterial spots, and gray mold. Vine weevils may feed on roots.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara
Style
Beds and Borders,
Cottage Garden,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Fall Interest,
Low-Maintenance,
Meadow Garden,
Summer Interest,
Sun
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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