Who doesn't love this colorful, easy-to-grow garden perennial? Purple coneflower is a hardy herbaceous wildflower native to the eastern United States. In early to late summer, it bears tall, sturdy stems topped with single large purple daisies. Bloom time may be extended if spent flowers are removed, or deadheaded.
This dependable garden staple self-sows freely but not too aggressively.
Purple coneflower is happiest when planted in sites with full sun and well-drained moderately fertile garden soil.
Excellent, long-blooming flower for massing in the border, meadow, native plant garden, naturalized area, wildflower garden or part shade area of woodland garden.
Often massed with black-eyed Susans (rudbeckias). (source: learn2grow.com)
Genus - Echinacea
Species - Purpurea
Variety - purple
Common name - Purple Coneflower
Pre-Treatment - Not-required, but recommended
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 0,90 - 1,50 m
Spread - 0,40 -0,60 m
Plant type - Perennial Flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Water requirements - Average, Low
Landscape uses - Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower
Bloom season - Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Dark Green / Purple
Short cold and moist stratification recommended, but not required.
1. Place seeds in a plastic bag with a bit of moist peat moss. Vermiculite is also acceptable.
2. Refrigerate the seeds for one to two weeks.
3. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil until they begin to germinate. Keep at approx. +15-+20C. Germination in 14-28 days.
Water the soil regularly and do not let it dry out.
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