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Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

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

Synonym:Brauneria purpurea

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before 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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19 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tvksi On Jul 5, 2010, tvksi from Paris, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Echinacea purpurea is one of my favorites. Not only for beauty and growablity, but also for an occasional cup of tea.
Google it for herbal usages. I also like the white specie which I like to use enstead of daisies which I seem to have problems growing. love the plant most all year.

Positive Elisabbeth On Jul 5, 2010, Elisabbeth from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

zone 8a clay soil
Now in its third year, it has shot up and filled out to the 36-48" range! Abundant blooms outside my dinette window are a thrill. I have tied a couple of the stems together at this height as they began to lean too much this week. I will take the advice below to prune half of them early to get a stronger showing.

Positive kmm44 On Jun 8, 2010, kmm44 from Dayton, OH wrote:

I love this plant and it grows prolifically for me. I do know a few people who say they can't grow it--hard to believe!
I leave the seeds on over the winter for the birds. In late summer and early fall the goldfinches feast on them, sometimes small flocks at a time. Leaving the seeds there is probably why they spread like groundcover, but I don't mind. Like another poster said they look great with rudbeckias. I love purple and yellow together. I also have them planted with heliopsis false sunflower and coreopsis "Early Sunrise". Sometimes coneflowers "migrate" across the yard to other beds. I had one in the "wrong" bed and dug it out several times and gave it away, but it kept coming back so I just gave in and left it there. Now it has multiplied, but is in good company with russian sage, purple larkspur, tall red daylilies and the aforementioned yellow flowers (the heliopsis had also migrated) near a lamppost entwined with a jackmanii clematus--a beautiful bed!
I took some up to my lake house in St. Marys about an hour N. of here and It has thrived there, too--and migrated!

Positive mjsponies On Jul 20, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has been very care free here in Central Florida. Blooms constantly.

Positive littlelamb On Jul 10, 2009, littlelamb from Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Such a pretty flower! I have mine mingled in with Rudbekia 'Goldsturm'...they seem to compliment each other. A very reliable plant especially for my and little rainfall. The plant I have sits at the front of my driveway so it also gets the heat from the concrete and it handles it very well. The flower blooms on a sturdy stem so it doesn't flop and the blooms stay around for alittle while.

Positive rampbrat On Jul 10, 2009, rampbrat from Abilene, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Seems to handle the West Texas heat, though mine does get some shade. We've had a week of 100's and still blooming. Blooms fade a bit in the sun. Plan on using it in the backyard next spring.

Neutral mbhoakct76 On May 11, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

I see many people in my area with purple coneflowers- im unsure of the variety , but i have tried this one twice with no luck on overwintering in zone 5. I have had them in different areas and in potted int he basement to test conditions but every time - they die! I think i will have to try another variety.

Positive guspuppy On Mar 20, 2008, guspuppy from Warren, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Great flower! They do well as cut flowers also if you can part with the blossoms being on your plant (which I have a hard time doing) lol.

Positive KaylyRed On Mar 12, 2008, KaylyRed from Watertown, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

"Magnus" grows beautifully for me, although it does tend to be a bit tall and occasionally topples forward in my berm bed. When my plants are about 8" tall, I cut half of them back to 4". This not only staggers the bloom time, but the shorter plants give support to the taller ones.

Positive distantkin On Feb 8, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Very trouble free plant!! Always welcome in my garden.

Positive BlackDogKurt On Sep 18, 2007, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Very easy to grow. Long blooming, from late spring into early fall. Long lasting perennial.

Positive dave3877 On Jul 14, 2007, dave3877 from Crockett, TX wrote:

these grow wild out here but the petals are droopy and not touching side by side. still pretty though

Positive Bellisgirl On Jan 31, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Hi! Ive had this plant for about five years; its been wonderful. One of the strongest growers in my garden. It almost resembles a daisy in the way the petals strech outward instead of downward like other coneflowers. It does tend to sag a bit, but I just stake it up. You can get it to rebloom by deadheading it. Mine has formed a nice clump. It will even reseed itself if you leave some of the spent flowerheads on.

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 21, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Beautiful flower. Goldfinches eat the off the 'spiney' cones before and after it goes to seed.

Positive lark567 On Jul 13, 2005, lark567 from Hermiston, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:

My Magnus coneflowers are blooming now and they are gorgeous. This is their second season and they've stood up to our hot summers wonderfully. I'm definitely hooked!

Neutral bc43 On May 3, 2005, bc43 from Jefferson, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant makes a beautiful showing in a border. I do find that self sows extensively and can be difficult to contain.

Positive PurplePansies On Aug 1, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very easy to grow, ( I garden in the mid-Atlantic zone 6/7). Tolerates drought but also wet soils. Grows in neutral to truly acidic soils. Their biggest complaint is probably truly alkaline soils where they won't grow well, which makes sense because they're native to eastern U.S. Tall, stiff spikes of stem and flower recover well after rains and never, (in my experience) require staking. Tolerates part shade but prefers full sun. Excellent for cutting. Beautiful in any garden but, combines beautifully with white and yellow flowers, especially white coneflowers, coreopsis and rudbeckias. Pictures never do it justice.... large, showy blossoms, the orange/bronzey cones seem to glow or shine, and the contrast of this color to the lavender petals is outstanding. Their shape is also beautiful and sets them apart from other daisy-like flowers, the center truly stands up with the petals daintily hanging from below. The new mainstay for American gardens I highly recommend it.

Positive lauburt On Jun 1, 2003, lauburt from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Birds love these flowers! I like this variety because the flowers aren't as droopy as some others. Wonderful color! Needs staking sometimes, though. (My only complaint!)

Positive sodakine On Mar 4, 2003, sodakine from Baldwin Park, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I just started gardening last year. I saw a picture of Echinacea Purple Coneflowers in a gardening magazine, and it was love at first sight. I was thrilled when I finally found them at a local nursery. Echinacea is a great plant for hot areas. It's fairly easy to grow as it's drought tolerant and loves full sun. It thrives even in the almost deadly Summer heat of Southern California. Unfortunately, I lost all of my Echinacea's to gophers. The roots are all eaten, hence killing the plants. My pictures are my only proof that I had them in my garden. This Spring I am going to try to grow them from seeds.

Positive mystic On Aug 31, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

A great plant to fill in a flower bed. Even after the blooms are gone the seed heads draw goldfinches to the garden they love to eat the seeds.

Positive Terry On Aug 31, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Started some from seed last year, and they've done well. My only complaint is they tend to get a bit tall and floppy but that may be due to the partial sun setting I've got them in.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
El Mirage, Arizona
Happy Jack, Arizona
Chico, California
Citrus Heights, California
Duarte, California
Fair Oaks, California
Sacramento, California
San Leandro, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado
Seymour, Connecticut
Deland, Florida
Fort Mc Coy, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Palatine, Illinois
Toluca, Illinois
Villa Park, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Bloomington, Indiana
Bremen, Indiana
Greenwood, Indiana
Petersburg, Indiana
Westfield, Indiana
Inwood, Iowa
Marshalltown, Iowa
Monticello, Iowa
Sioux City, Iowa
Derby, Kansas
Lansing, Kansas
Princeton, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Murray, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Lafayette, Louisiana
Falmouth, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Reading, Massachusetts
Saugus, Massachusetts
Ceresco, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Garden City, Michigan
Grand Haven, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Troy, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Hopkins, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Brandon, Mississippi
Florence, Mississippi
Grandview, Missouri
Warsaw, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Nashua, New Hampshire
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Lakewood, New Jersey
Lincroft, New Jersey
Long Branch, New Jersey
Morganville, New Jersey
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Cooperstown, New York
East Amherst, New York
Elba, New York
Himrod, New York
Jefferson, New York
Staten Island, New York
Candler, North Carolina
Davidson, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Elk Park, North Carolina
Jacksonville, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Oxford, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbia Station, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Duncan Falls, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
New Matamoras, Ohio
Salem, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (3 reports)
Owasso, Oklahoma
Bend, Oregon
Dallas, Oregon
Gresham, Oregon
Hermiston, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania
Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Fombell, Pennsylvania
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Millerstown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reading, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Woodlawn, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Center, Texas
Collinsville, Texas
Crockett, Texas
Cypress, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Danbury, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Grapevine, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Houston, Texas
Killeen, Texas
Paris, Texas
Pearland, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Wells, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Essex Junction, Vermont
Leesburg, Virginia
Suffolk, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Moxee, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Vancouver, Washington (3 reports)
Beverly, West Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin
Oconto, Wisconsin
Watertown, Wisconsin
Casper, Wyoming

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