Echinacea ‘Purple Coneflower’
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Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea 'Purple Coneflower' is a drought resistant perennial with large vibrant purple flowers.
The flowers are traditionally dried as a herbal supplement. Slow to germinate but easy to grow, Echinacea purpurea grows to approximately 1 to 1.5 metres. Widely known by its common name Purple Coneflowers.
This outstanding herbaceous plant is excellent for brightening up the garden. All parts of it are edible and the petals are highly attractive sprinkled over salads.
It flowers best in full sun although will tolerate light shade. Drought resistant and cold tolerant. Great for attracting pollinators to the garden but it doesn't flower reliably until its second year in the garden.
Spring – Early Autumn
Sow Direct, or Transplant
Echinacea seeds are best sown in spring to early autumn. Seeds can be sown in trays for transplanting, or directly in place approx. 15 – 30 cm apart when soil temperatures are between 18°c – 25°c.
18°c - 25°c
10 - 21 days
Transplant seedlings, or thin directly sown seeds to a final spacing of approx. 20cm apart once plants have some true leaves.
300 - 400 days
This hardy perennial can survive very cold winters. Spreading compost over your dormant Echinacea plants during winter will give them a boost for flowering in spring.
Please note that Echinacea doesn't flower reliably until its second year in the garden.
Popular for its beautiful flowers, and for the medicinal properties of teas and tinctures made from its roots, leaves and flowers.
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