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Common Perennials

Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
 
Mature Height
2 - 4 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 8 
 
Soil Conditions
Dry
 
Foliage Color
Green
 
Bloom Color
Orange
Peach
Pink
Purple
Red
Salmon
White
Yellow
 
Bloom Season
June - August
 
Size
Medium
Tall
 

Features

Dependable garden perennial offering daisy-like flowers that are now available in many colors ranging from white to yellow to orange to red.

Culture

Prefers a well-drained garden soil in full sun. Tolerant of heat and drought once established.

Cultivars

Many cultivars available. Some include:

'Magnus' 2-3 feet tall, rose colored flowers

'Ruby Giant' 2-3 feet tall, large rose colored flowers up to 3 inches across

'White Swan' 2-3 feet tall, white flowers

'Kim's Knee high' 18-24 inches tall, short compact, rose colored flowers

'Big Sky Series' 2-3 feet tall, entire series of Echinacea offering colors ranging from orange to yellow to red to light yellow

Notes

Easy to grow and long lived. Avoid heavy fertilization which leads to tall leggy plants that fall over. Deadhead to extend the bloom period. Reported to be deer resistant. Seed heads attract birds.