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Eastern Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower 'Magnus'

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: Magnus
Synonym:Brauneria purpurea
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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)

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:

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:

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


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

Boston, Massachusetts

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

Garner, 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

Mount Pocono, 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

Palestine, 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

Grand Mound, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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... read more


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.


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 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.


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 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.


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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!


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.


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... read more


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!)


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.


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.


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.