Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: 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: Non-patented
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
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.
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.
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!
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 weather...hot/humid 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Mar 4, 2003, sodakine from Duarte, 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.
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 Beulah Valley, Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Lakeside, Colorado Seymour, Connecticut Fort Mc Coy, Florida Fruitville, Florida North De Land, Florida Alpharetta, Georgia Cordele, Georgia Dunwoody, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Stone Mountain, Georgia Cherry Valley, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois Palatine, Illinois Park City, Illinois Toluca, 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 Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Dracut, Massachusetts Reading, Massachusetts Saugus, Massachusetts Ceresco, Michigan Dearborn Heights, Michigan Grand Haven, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Troy, Michigan Fridley, Minnesota (2 reports) Hopkins, Minnesota St 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 Mystic Island, New Jersey , New York Cooperstown, New York East Amherst, New York Elba, New York Himrod, New York Jefferson, New York Candler, North Carolina Davidson, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Elk Park, North Carolina Fairfield Harbour, North Carolina Half Moon, North Carolina Oxford, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Bolindale, Ohio Bucyrus, Ohio Columbia Station, Ohio Duncan Falls, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Huber Heights, Ohio New Matamoras, Ohio Parma Heights, Ohio Salem, Ohio Enid, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2 reports) Owasso, Oklahoma Warr Acres, Oklahoma Dallas, Oregon Deschutes River Woods, 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 West Goshen, Pennsylvania West Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Hendersonville, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Austin, Texas Center, Texas Collinsville, Texas Cypress, Texas Dallas, Texas Danbury, Texas Grapevine, Texas Hereford, Texas Hickory Creek, Texas Houston, Texas Impact, Texas Killeen, Texas Paris, Texas Pearland, Texas Princeton, Texas Rowlett, Texas Watauga, Texas Wells, Texas Salt Lake City, Utah Essex Junction, Vermont Leesburg, Virginia Suffolk, Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia Concrete, Washington Kalama, Washington Moxee, Washington Town And Country, Washington Vancouver, Washington (2 reports) Walnut Grove, Washington Beverly, West Virginia Madison, Wisconsin Oconto, Wisconsin Watertown, Wisconsin Bessemer Bend, Wyoming