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Echinacea purpurea 'Green Envy'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Green Envy

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
6 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral schmeeges On Jan 24, 2013, schmeeges from Sintaluta
Canada wrote:

Bought this plant 6 years ago and bloomed beautifully the year I bought it. The second year it died to ground and I dug around it and it looked like roots were rotted so just covered it back up and planted something else there. Now last year it came up again after being 'gone' for 3 years. It grew to about 1 1/2 feet tall and had three blooms about two inches across and was the purple and green color like it was supposed to be. Waiting to see what happens this year.

Positive rkwright85 On Jul 19, 2012, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I could understand the disappointment of the flower color somewhat but in terms of growing it has done very well and produced a good number of flowers for me. I bought it as a small plant last year and this year it is huge and full of flowers.
Flower color is very purple for a plant called Green Envy but I kind of expected that after seeing the tag. Petals are edged with green but it's not very noticeable.

Positive Niantican On Jul 18, 2012, Niantican from Niantic, CT wrote:

We are located in southeastern CT. I bought 2 starter 4-in. plants from The plants were well protected from extreme sun, wind, and cold in a raised but fairly sheltered bed. The plants came with very specific instructions that we followed. The first year it grew slowly, no buds.
Second year both plants grew approx. 1 ft and had some blossoms.
Now in their 3rd year, they are 3ft. tall, propagated on their own into 4 separate, multi-stemmed plants, and are loaded with blossoms. Very elegant flower among Rubrim Lilies, Blackeyed Susan's, and Purple Hydrangea bush. I think patience, finding the right spot, Water with Miracle grow periodically, and keeping the aphids and Japanese Beetles off will ensure success.

Positive minnesippi On Dec 30, 2011, minnesippi from brainerd, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Surprised to read all the negative on this - Bought it from a catalog place 2 years ago. Didnt bloom the first year, but this last year it took off. BIG blooms, tall too. About 12-16". Heavy seed producers too.
It sits under an oak tree, part shade (probably mostly shade but not deep by any means) with rainwater. No extra watering (even from the dogs because it is fenced)

Negative vossner On Jul 5, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Poor performer in my garden this year (first). If it doesn't return next yr, I won't be too disappointed.

Negative mkcarter66 On Jul 4, 2011, mkcarter66 from Redford, MI wrote:

Bought plant last year, never grew above 6 inches, no flowers. This year it has one flower only and barely any greenery. Seems to be a failure for an echinacea compared to the others that have come out. Even the plants I saw that were 2 year plants at the nurseries this year looked pitiful. Wouldn't spend the extra money for another one.

Negative nconway567 On Jun 22, 2011, nconway567 from Valdosta, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought this in the spring, (probably March) and planted it right away. It's in a new bed with composted, well fertilized soil. It's been 4 months and this plant has yet to reach 6 inches tall and has failed to produce a flower so far. I also have pink double delight in the same bed - which has exploded! Not sure why this one is such a disappointment. I mentioned this to a local garden pro, and he seemed to be familiar with how slow growing this is. Would not buy this again.

Negative Clary On Jun 30, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

"It almost looks like a diseased Echinacea plant. A big disappointment."

I agree.

I just pulled this plant out of my garden in its second year. In comparison to the common coneflower, green envy
- wilted at the slightest provocation
- was a short plant with weak stems
- failed to develop a distinctive petal color
- failed to develop robust, lasting flowers
- had little aroma

Negative echinaceamaniac On Aug 4, 2009, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

Blooms don't keep the unique coloring long. After a few days they turn solid pink. It's not a nice, bright pink but a dull, ugly pink. It almost looks like a diseased Echinacea plant. A big disappointment.

Positive slip5660 On Jul 10, 2009, slip5660 from South Plainfield, NJ wrote:

When I planted this I thought it would grow like a Shasta Daisy in a bunch. But it grew straight up like a Sunflower and is now about 4ft tall with 2 or 3 buds growing off the main stem. Just curious if this is the way it will grow or will the seeds create new flowers next season

Negative zak1962 On May 20, 2009, zak1962 from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

Ordered this plant through an internet gardening site. It never really took off and failed to come back for a second year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Niantic, Connecticut
Chicago, Illinois
Waterman, Illinois
South Amana, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Peabody, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Redford, Michigan
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Doniphan, Nebraska
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Clifton Park, New York
Croton On Hudson, New York
Pittsford, New York
Norman, Oklahoma
Gresham, Oregon
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Brownsville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Seattle, Washington (2 reports)
Madison, Wisconsin

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