Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea

Coneflower

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Echinacea purpurea
  • Common name: Coneflower
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 1.5m

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Seeds for birds

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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