Coneflower Plant is easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance
Coneflower Plant - Echinacea. The Coneflower is native to the central eastern United States. Originally, the coneflower dominated open prairies, meadows, and grasslands. Related to the famous black-eyed Susan, Coneflower is a popular choice for flower gardens because it produces large, robust fragrant blooms all summer long and attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators with its showy, nectar-rich blossoms. The coneflower produces flowers in pink, red, orange, white, purple, and yellow. Coneflower Plant is heat and drought resistant, making it one of the best perennials for sunny areas of the yard. When increasing the coneflower, plant in dry to medium, well-drained soil. The plant needs 6 - 8 hours of full or filtered sun a day. Provide adequate spacing between plants to encourage healthy growth. Beheading of old blooms, while not required, promotes new growth and keeps plants healthy.
Coneflower Plant will attract birds to the garden, as well
Chickadees, goldfinches, and other finches eat the seeds. Early Native Americans were said to have used the coneflower to cure wounds and infections. The Cheyenne called it Mohk ta. They used it to heal a sore mouth and gums. The Crow used the coneflower to help with colds, toothache, and colic. Even today, the plant's roots, stalks, and flowers are used in herbal remedies to boost the immune system.
The coneflower is an excellent choice for cut flowers since the blooms can last up to two weeks. They also are used widely in dried arrangements, due to their bright colors. Sometimes, even when petals have fallen off, the ones that remain are used in ornamental methods. Best suited for zones 3 - 10, plants will grow in clumps 18 - 48 inches tall. Plants are well adapted for garden and yard borders and edges and are deer-resistant.
Coneflower Plant is notorious for being a medicinal plant, but it’s a winner in the garden as well
This plant has drooping petals that surround a dark, usually purplish-brown cone-shaped center. The flowers last for a long time, are fragrant and make beautiful arrangements whether fresh or dried. The leaves are toothed, alternate and lance-shaped. Coneflower is excellent as a tall border plant and is very drought tolerant. It's also attractive to birds, bees, and butterflies. People collect the root of the plant for healing purposes during the fall of the plant's third or fourth year, but not after the fourth year. Coneflower is smooth to start from seed.
Echinacea is part of the daisy family and displays purple coneflowers. It is an herb native to North America. Hardy with a long blooming season, the Coneflower plant flowers heavily from summer to fall in full sun to light shade. Although it prefers moist soil, the long, thick taproots store moisture and make the plant drought tolerant. It grows 1-4 feet tall to 1-3 feet wide, depending on the variety. The flower, leaves, and root are commonly used medicinally for colds and infections. This flower which is commonly known as coneflower is of the family Asteraceae. It is a well-known flower originates from the eastern and southern parts of America. It can be found in open wooded areas, and it requires and survives in either dry or moist soil and grows even in drought conditions due to its adaptive mechanisms. Their development is active at different times of the year which include spring, autumn as well as early winter. Due to its medicinal properties, many people use it to produce medicines especially painkillers.
Botanical Latin Name: Echinacea
Common Name: Coneflower
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Hardiness Zones: Three to Nine
Mature Height: Two to four feet
Spread: Two feet
Spacing: Two feet
Growth Rate: Fast
Flowering Time: Summer
How Long It Flowers: Three months
Flower Color: Purple, pink, white, orange, yellow, red
Soil Requirements: Well-drained loam
Pruning: Self-sown seedlings should be transplanted, and flowers should be deadheaded to extend the blooming period.
This flower is a lovely perennial that will make a great addition to any flower garden. The flowers that bloom at the top of the stems have purple petals that slightly hang downward. Coneflower Plant prefers to grow in soil that is loamy, sandy and well-drained.