Purple Coneflower usually reaches 2 or 3 feet in height
Mature coneflowers usually reach 2 or 3 feet in height, making them great for borders. They are beautiful plants to put in a rock garden as well. Their spread typically ranges from 1 or 1.5 to 2 feet, depending on the variety. They bloom in the summer, from June to August. They may occasionally bloom into September. Their flowers are huge and make a highly visible accent, mainly when the plants are grown in a cluster.
Purple Coneflower name comes from the Greek word echino, which means hedgehog, based on the spiny center
The flowers are favorites of butterflies and hummingbirds yet are deer resistant and make an excellent backdrop for lower growing annuals.
Purple Coneflower is a perennial but also easily propagated from seed. Seeds may be harvested to use the next year from mature flower heads. Once established, the plant will have a deep root system.
Coneflower roots and flowers are used for medicinal purposes while the flowers may be used for an excellent herbal tea
Purple Coneflower can be recognized by their distinctive seed head, which forms a cone in the middle of the petals. There are many types of coneflower, with colors ranging from red and yellow to purple or pink. The familiar black-eyed Susan is a type of coneflower.
These annuals are native to North America and grow in most areas of the country. If you live in a zone from 3 to 9, you can produce some coneflower. They are adapted to many soil textures, including rocky soil and shallow soil, and are very hardy to drought and heat. Coneflowers thrive exceptionally well in the Midwestern Plains area, but they can grow anywhere with adequate sun. This means from full sun to part shade.
Botanical Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea
Common Name: Purple Coneflower
Sun Exposure: Sun, partial shade
Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Mature Height: 2-4 ft.
Spread 1-2 ft.
Spacing: 12-18 inches
Growth Rate: Moderate
Flowering Time: July - August
How Long It Flowers: Mid to Late Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Soil Requirements: Loam, clay, or rocky
Pruning: Cut back stems to encourage further blooming