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Eastern Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower 'Merlot'

Echinacea purpurea

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Merlot
Additional cultivar information:(PP18814)
Hybridized by Korlipara
Registered or introduced: 2008



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Fresno, California

New Milford, Connecticut

Cordele, Georgia

Iowa City, Iowa

West Monroe, Louisiana

Norton, Massachusetts

Sarver, Pennsylvania

Huron, South Dakota

Kalama, Washington

Watertown, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 22, 2008, fresberg from Fresno, CA wrote:

This is one of the most attractive plants in my garden, and the flowers are not only beautiful, but also fragrant. My summers get VERY HOT (100+ on too many days) and dry, but it has thrived. I use lots of compost/mulch, and that seems to work. However, it begins blooming with these gorgeous flowers, and then -- after the first few open -- the blooms' petals are eaten before they can even reach full size. Last summer -- the first summer I had it -- I found some weevils on them, and I thought those must be the culprits. Any suggestions? If it weren't for this problem, this would be one of the top three plants in my yard.