Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in the Coneflowers Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 36 inches
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
White
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Provides winter interest
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 4 weeks
Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bumblebees
Bees
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Location: Fort Worth, TXDate: May 2014Echinacea purpurea macros shot
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Location: My garden.Date: 2011-8-25
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-07-01
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-07-25With Rudbeckia
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Date: 2009-09-05Credit Alexey Sergeev
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Location: Full sun, front yardDate: 7/31/2010
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Location: ILDate: 2009-07-24#Pollination Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2015-07-05
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-14-14#pollination
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Location: ILDate: 2016-07-12#Pollination Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-07-02Purple Coneflower 031
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5Date: 2010-06-23
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2014-07-22
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Date: 2012-08-25Credit Alexey Sergeev A
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Date: 2015-08-21
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-16-2011#pollination
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Location: My garden.Date: 2011-9-4
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-07-25with Rudbeckia and White Swan
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2010-07-09
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Date: 2016-07-15May not be the sharpest image — the wind was blowing.
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Date: 2017-06-20#Pollination
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-07-02Purple Coneflower 031
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-07-25Seedling
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Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhyllodyCredit MBG Echinacea purpurea Phyllody, abnormal development of f
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Date: 2016-07-15
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Date: 2015-08-07
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Location: Fellows Riverside Gardens, Youngstown, OhioDate: 2017-06-15Purple Coneflower 025
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Location: Canada
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Date: 2012-06-30
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Date: 2012-07-04
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Location: Garden 2Date: 2013-08-02
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Location: Garden 2Date: 2013-07-31It is no problem for the bees if the Petals haven't fully opened
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Date: 2013-07-12
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Date: 2013-07-12
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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Credit Alexey Sergeev
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-05
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Date: 2016-06-28
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Date: 2016-08-21
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Date: 2017-07-02
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Location: My zone 5 garden.Date: 2017-07-24
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Date: 2012-07-04
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-07-09
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bSubtle coloration of blooms and shorter stature in dry, bright sh
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Date: 2013-07-12
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Location: Winchester, NHDate: 2014-07-31
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Location: Apis mellifera (honey bee) visiting a late-blooming Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
By Joy
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Date: 2015-06-10
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-10-08
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Date: 2015-08-07
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Date: 2017-06-09
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2017-06-14#Pollination Butterfly and Bee on Purple Coneflower
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-08-25#pollination   Sooty Wing BF
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-07-05group in bloom at fence
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Location: my garden Date: 2018-03-08
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Location: Garden 2Date: 2013-07-31
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Location: Garden 2Date: 2013-09-23
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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2015-07-15echinacea and lilies
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-16-11
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Location: Near The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA Date: 2014-08-02
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Date: 2016-07-15
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Location: NCDate: June 2017
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-06-25#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-07-09
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-07-08a line along wall top
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-11group in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-07-04group in bed island
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Posted by plantladylin (Florida - Zone 9b) on Sep 9, 2011 11:55 AM

Echinacea purpurea is native to eastern North America. It is a perennial that is pollinated by butterflies and bees. Grows best in full sun to partial shade. The Purple Coneflower is one of my favorite perennial garden plants. They spread each year and produce many seeds to sow and share. The coneflowers are butterfly magnets and I think every garden should have purple coneflowers!

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 2, 2014 8:09 PM

Echinacea purpurea is an important nectar source for many butterfly species.

This plant has special value to native bees, including bumble and leafcutter species.

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Posted by bsavage (Dolores, Colorado) on Dec 7, 2011 4:39 PM

I inherited a pretty large bed of echinaceas when we bought our place here in Colorado. Initially I wasn't a big fan, but year after year they grow and bloom and add a big burst of color... and they are great as cut flowers. Probably the easiest plant I have in any garden. I love them! (And so do the bees!). Very tolerant, full sun.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 21, 2018 9:00 PM

This is a very easy and reliable perennial for sun or part-shade in well-drained soils. Its lovely purple flowers bloom 6 to 8 weeks in July & August. It is easy to divide and reset if ever wanted, but not needed. It does self-sow a good amount. I had one group come up by itself from seed on the east side of the front yard from the group on the west side of the yard about 20 feet away. Goldfinches and some other finches love the seeds. Lots of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators love the flowers. This species does suffer a little from Aster Yellows Disease, which makes some flower heads deform some with bigger greenish noses and fewer petals, but I have not found it deadly. Just cut below the infection. I find it somewhat commonly planted in average yards, but still not as much as Daylilies, Hostas, Bearded Irises, and Peonies. Some are sold by almost any conventional nursery or native plant nursery. Its native range is from Iowa though Ohio to Virginia to Georgia to Louisiana.

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