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Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.6m to 1.2m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPurple, pink, red
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower). This species is an upright clumped perennial herb which is easy to grow. The flowers are large daisy-like flowers and they have a brown central cone surrounded by purple, red or pink, drooping petals. The foliage is comprised of lance-shaped, dark green leaves.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Other common names

Black samson, Coneflower

Origin

Southern USA

Interest and use

Border, cutting bed, medicinal. Summer/Autumn interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Light, Medium, Humus-rich, Loamy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

This perennial will require moist, humus-rich, well drained soil. It will tolerate wind and drought. You will need to dead regularly to prolong the flowering.

Propagation

By division or from root cuttings from winter to early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

A favourite with slugs

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