Echinacea purpurea


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Echinacea purpurea

Plant details

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.

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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