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Echinacea purpurea


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Echinacea purpurea

Plant details

Strong daisy shapes and large flowers, up to 15cm (6in) across, are features of this North American prairie plant which flowers from mid summer to early autumn. The flowers last well and attract bees and other insects, as well as being suitable for cutting. Echinacea is a popular component of the current trend for planting perennails in drifts, along with rudbeckias, achilleas and grasses. Seeds may be saved for sowing in spring.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Echinacea

Species: purpurea

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: September to May

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