I've been looking for help to grow Echinacea from seed on the web. The advice I'm finding says to stratify the seed for about four weeks in the refrigerator and then sow the seeds early in the spring. Also, the general consensus seems to be that the plants will bloom poorly in the first year and then bloom nicely in the second year. Now for my question... Can I stratify seed now for about four weeks; then start the plants in small pots and then plant them in a permanent location yet this summer so I can have nice blooming plants next year? If Echinacea is a perennial, I would assume that the plants would survive the winter and take off growing in the spring and bloom as second year plants. Possibly, if my approach is good, will the plants be well enough established by the first freeze around Halloween to survive the winter? I'm in West Virginia btw with average minimum temperatures around 5-10 degrees. Thanks for any help.