Echinaceas have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to the new trend for prairie-style planting. They're easy to grow as they tolerate most soils, and their sturdy nature means that staking is unnecessary.
Echinacea purpurea has pink, daisy-like flowers with a large, cone-shaped centre. It's perfect for growing in drifts among the border or among grasses and rudbeckias in a paririe-style planting scheme, and is extremely attractive to pollinators. Its flowers are long-lived and are excellent for cutting. There are many cultivars of the species, ranging in height and colour and size of cone.
Grow Echinacea purpurea in well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back foliage in autumn and mulch with well-rotted manure or compost. Lift congested clumps in autumn or spring.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to divide plants: September to May
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