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Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)


***Will Be Ready End of June/July***

Common Name: Purple Coneflower

Scientific Name: Echinacea purpurea

Type of Plant: Herbaceous perennial

Sun Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Requirements: Well-draining soil; tolerates a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils

Moisture Requirements: Moderate moisture; drought-tolerant once established

Season of Interest: Summer to early fall

Height: Typically 2-5 feet tall

Width: 1-2 feet wide

Flower Color: Purple to pink petals with a prominent orange-brown central cone

Ideal Planting Locations: Meadows, prairies, borders, and pollinator gardens

Benefits for the Area: Attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators; provides long-lasting color and height to the garden; supports wildlife with its nectar-rich flowers and seeds.

Medicinal Uses: Traditionally used to boost the immune system and treat colds and infections; known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Edible Uses: Not commonly consumed, primarily used for medicinal purposes.

Host Plant for:

  • Various butterflies and insects

Spring Care: Cut back any dead growth from the previous year; divide clumps if they become too large.

Summer Care: Water during prolonged dry periods to maintain moderate moisture levels; deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

Fall Care: Allow seed heads to mature if you want to attract birds; cut back the plant after the first frost.

Winter Care: Purple Coneflower is hardy and typically requires minimal care during winter; ensure mulch remains in place to provide root protection.

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