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Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower, is an adaptable and drought tolerant perennial. Benefits wildlife.

Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower, is an adaptable and drought tolerant perennial. Benefits wildlife. Typical inventory plug USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 8 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower

This bird and butterfly magnet grows easily in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. The plant is hardy, adaptable, and drought tolerant. It makes for a great fresh or cut flower. The large daisy-like flowers have purple-pink petals with large orange cones and a long summer bloom.

The genus name, Echinacea, is from the Greek word echino, which means hedgehog, alluding to the spiny, central disk. The Echinacea plant is widely known for its unique medicinal properties, especially its ability to increase the body’s immune system. Use in fighting the common cold and flu is likely the most common usage. 


Height:

3-4 ft

Spread:

2-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

4-9

Bloom Color:

Pink

Echinacea purpurea Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Shade to Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Dry

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Cut Flower
  • Clay Soil

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August
  • July
  • June

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ECPU