Purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) eh-kih-NAY-shah per-per-EE-ah Synonyms: Rudbeckia purpurea Genus: Echinacea Because of its carefree performance, this native meadow perennial with daisy-like flowers appropriately inhabits the gardens of many. It blooms from midsummer into early autumn, with prominent, copper-orange central cones surrounded by rose-purple, ray petals (to 5 inches across). Noteworthy Characteristics: Medicinal. 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 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 to Part Shade Moisture Dry to Medium Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Song Birds, Native, Self Seeds, Showy Flowers, Showy Seed Heads Bloom Time Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer Flower Color Pink, Purple, Salmon Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Tolerance Drought Tolerant Type Perennials Echinacea purpureaView the discussion thread.