Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Treatment: Non-Treated
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a beloved perennial native to North America, celebrated for its striking beauty and medicinal properties. This hardy plant boasts vibrant, daisy-like flowers with distinctive raised centers, attracting pollinators like butterflies and bees to your garden.
- Stunning purple petals surrounding a spiky orange-brown cone
- Blooms from mid-summer to fall, providing long-lasting color
- Drought-tolerant once established, ideal for low-maintenance gardens
- Thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil
- Adaptable to a variety of soil types, including clay and sandy soil
- Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil.
- Sow seeds directly into the garden bed after the danger of frost has passed in spring or early fall.
- Scatter seeds thinly and cover lightly with soil, as they require light for germination.
- Keep the soil consistently moist until seedlings emerge, usually within 10-21 days.
- Thin seedlings to 12-18 inches apart once they have developed several sets of true leaves.
- Water young plants regularly until established, then water deeply during dry spells.
- Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
- Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding.
- Divide clumps every 3-4 years to maintain plant vigor and prevent overcrowding.
- Fertilize sparingly in early spring with a balanced fertilizer if soil nutrients are deficient.
- Watch for signs of powdery mildew, and provide good air circulation to prevent disease.
- Attracts pollinators, including bees and butterflies, to your garden.
- Provides a colorful backdrop in borders, cottage gardens, and naturalized landscapes.
- Cut flowers are long-lasting in bouquets and dried arrangements.
- Traditional medicinal plant used for immune support and herbal remedies.
Enjoy the beauty and resilience of Purple Coneflower in your garden for years to come!