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PlantFiles: Variegated Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea 'Sparkler'

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Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sparkler
Additional cultivar information: (PP17298)
Hybridized by Korlipara; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2005

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pink
Violet/Lavender
Purple
White/Near White

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

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Variegated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
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

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:
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

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

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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral kbaumle On Oct 4, 2009, kbaumle from Northwest, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have to agree with Fledgeling. Though the plant has grown well here for the last few years, the foliage does indeed look diseased. The form is fine, it's just the speckling. It's pale and not particularly attractive. The leaves are more narrow than that of other coneflowers.

That being said, the foliage on most coneflowers doesn't stay looking all that great as the season wears on anyway. It's a novelty in the ever-growing world of Echinaceas and while I won't remove it from my garden, I wouldn't purchase it again either.

Negative Fledgeling On Jan 11, 2008, Fledgeling from Huron, SD wrote:

I saw this plant once, labeled as 'Sparkler' and thought the thing was unfortunately sick and diseased. Only later did i find out that that foliage was meant to look like that. It still looks diseased to my eye, even if it is not.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 13, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Sun. Ht. 2 Space 1 Zones 3 to 10 - Echinacea's name comes from the Greek "echinos," meaning "hedgehog" for its spiky center cone.

It is a carefree perennial that thrives in hot sun, dry soil and, for a short period of time, wet soil.

Regional...

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

San Leandro, California
Haviland, Ohio



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