Purple coneflower

Echinacea purpurea ‘Bright Star’

Photo/Illustration: 
Susan Kahn
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Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Bright Star’)
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Synonyms:  'Leuchtstern'
Genus:  Echinacea
This native meadow derivative with daisy-like flowers blooms from early summer into early autumn. 'Bright Star' has prominent, copper-orange central cones surrounded by red-purple ray petals (to 5 inches across), and grows to less than 3 feet tall.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Attracts butterflies, bees, and birds in winter if cones are left on plant. 
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 at 55°F degrees 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
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
Niagara,
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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