Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea

Common Name: Coneflower
Genus: Echinacea
Species: purpurea

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Brown, Purple, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Large rich rosy-purple daisy-like flowers with prominent orange-brown centres on stiff stems appear from June to September. One of our recommended plants it's tough and does not need staking and makes an excellent cut flower. Like other coneflowers it is long-flowering and will cope well with adverse weather conditions except drought. Try it dotted through a sunny mixed border or in bold drifts among grasses where it will extend the season of interest. It is attractive to bees and butterflies and birds will flock to the seedheads.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. In autumn cut back all dead flower stems to the ground. Coneflowers benefit from a spring or autumn mulch with well-rotted compost.

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