General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Leaves: Other: Herbaceous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Rose
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Cut back faded flowers to ensure more flowering throughout the season.
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: If sowing indoors.
Needs specific temperature
Days to germinate: 10 to 21
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Divide in early spring
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 1998 PPA Perennial Plant of the Year; 2002 Oklahoma Proven! plant selection; 2009 Great Plant Picks award winner
Child plants: one child plant

Common names
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Eastern Purple Coneflower
  • Coneflower

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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Mar 3, 2017 8:06 PM concerning plant:
    Magnus is one of my favorite coneflowers. I have been growing it, since 1998 when it won the Plant Perennial of the Year award. Always beautiful and reliable year after year. I think if I could have just one coneflower variety to grow, that this would be it. Butterflies love to landing on the cones and with the purple Liatris that is growing with Magnus, it is a colorful butterfly banquet in my garden.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 29, 2011 6:17 PM concerning plant:
    Leave the seed heads after they flower instead of cutting back to attract Goldfinches. They love to eat the seeds of coneflowers. Magnus is a proven variety I have had in my garden for many, many years.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 23, 2014 3:09 PM concerning plant:
    Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') is a very attractive plant to pollinators and an important source of nectar for many butterfly species. Monarchs, Red Admirals, Sulphurs, Fritillaries, Skippers, Swallowtails, and other butterflies enjoy this plant. In addition, Echinacea purpurea has special value to native bees, particularly bumble and leafcutter bees.

    Birds enjoy the seedheads.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Feb 5, 2015 11:41 PM concerning plant:
    An attractive plant that's been blooming here for over a dozen years. This cultivar has a commanding presence in the garden. Magnus is a super butterfly magnet, enticing several native butterflies to "drink from its cup." Easy to sow seed in place or transplant clumps to establish a stand. Magnus has a long blooming period culminating in mid-summer. Seed pods furnish seed to goldfinches (and other birds) in the fall.
  • Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 24, 2014 5:09 AM concerning plant:
    This is a tall variety of echinacea and looks great next to the equally tall echinacea 'Fragrant Angel' (white) or as a backdrop for echinaceas of the PowWow series, which tend to be pretty short. Magnus comes true to seed, which is another plus because you can expand and fill in your garden economically.
Plant Events from our members
SCButtercup On June 8, 2014 Bloomed
flaflwrgrl On October 29, 2014 Obtained plant
From Santa Rosa Gardens in pot.
Catmint20906 On June 24, 2015 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On August 10, 2014 Obtained plant
Purchased from Coleup's Ace
Cat On August 16, 2014 Obtained plant
lovesblooms On March 30, 2015 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On January 29, 2015 Seeds sown
winter sown
HamiltonSquare On October 24, 2015 Obtained plant
UCD Arboretum purchase.
christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
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