Echinacea Species, Eastern Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower

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)
Synonym:Brauneria purpurea
Synonym:Echinacea intermedia
Synonym:Echinacea serotina
Synonym:Echinacea speciosa
Synonym:Rudbeckia purpurea
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Medium Green


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)


Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Alabaster, Alabama

Auburn, Alabama

Daphne, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Tuscumbia, Alabama

El Mirage, Arizona

Hereford, Arizona

Prescott Valley, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Deer, Arkansas

Pelsor, Arkansas

Auberry, California

Bakersfield, California

Berkeley, California

Chico, California

Cloverdale, California

Clovis, California

Concord, California

Elk Grove, California

Lompoc, California

Paradise, California

Sacramento, California

San Rafael, California

Stockton, California

Bayfield, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Brookfield, Connecticut

East Canaan, Connecticut

Milford, Connecticut

Suffield, Connecticut

Wethersfield, Connecticut

Seaford, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware

Washington, District of Columbia

Alford, Florida

Anthony, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Largo, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Osprey, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Trenton, Florida(2 reports)

Vero Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Douglasville, Georgia

Fayetteville, Georgia

Hazlehurst, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Hayden, Idaho

Rigby, Idaho

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois(2 reports)

Edwardsville, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois(2 reports)

Hampton, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Itasca, Illinois

Mchenry, Illinois

Mt Zion, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Evansville, Indiana(2 reports)

Georgetown, Indiana

Hobart, Indiana

Noblesville, Indiana

Peru, Indiana

Seymour, Indiana

Solsberry, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Coralville, Iowa

Earlham, Iowa

Indianola, Iowa

Nichols, Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa

Kansas City, Kansas

Lansing, Kansas

Princeton, Kansas

Shawnee Mission, Kansas(2 reports)

Spring Hill, Kansas

Benton, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Flemingsburg, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Madisonville, Kentucky

Melbourne, Kentucky

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Salem, Kentucky

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Falmouth, Maine

Naples, Maine

Brookeville, Maryland

Edgewater, Maryland

Oxon Hill, Maryland

Halifax, Massachusetts

Lynn, Massachusetts

Malden, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Coloma, Michigan

Constantine, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Grand Ledge, Michigan

Mason, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Redford, Michigan

Warren, Michigan

Ashby, Minnesota

La Crescent, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Northfield, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Young America, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Ballwin, Missouri

Bates City, Missouri

Belton, Missouri

Cole Camp, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri(2 reports)

Piedmont, Missouri

Republic, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Sedalia, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri(2 reports)

Imperial, Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Las Vegas, Nevada

Auburn, New Hampshire

Claremont, New Hampshire

Greenville, New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Collingswood, New Jersey

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico(2 reports)

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Alden, New York

Binghamton, New York

Buffalo, New York(3 reports)

Cambridge, New York

Deposit, New York

Elba, New York

Hilton, New York

Kinderhook, New York

Northville, New York

Patchogue, New York

Putnam Valley, New York

Ronkonkoma, New York

Saint Johnsville, New York

Smithtown, New York

Syracuse, New York

West Kill, New York

Yonkers, New York

Asheville, North Carolina

Beaufort, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina(2 reports)

Durham, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

Huntersville, North Carolina

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Marion, North Carolina

New Bern, North Carolina

Sugar Grove, North Carolina

Taylorsville, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Page, North Dakota

Berea, Ohio

Bucyrus, Ohio

Campbell, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleves, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Geneva, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Mount Orab, Ohio

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Put In Bay, Ohio

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Saint Marys, Ohio

Warren, Ohio

Bray, Oklahoma

Jay, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma(2 reports)

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Greater Sudbury, Ontario

Baker City, Oregon

Bend, Oregon(2 reports)

Eagle Point, Oregon

Grand Ronde, Oregon

Klamath Falls, Oregon

La Grande, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Bath, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Colver, Pennsylvania

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Newfoundland, Pennsylvania

Newtown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania

Tioga, Pennsylvania

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

West Warwick, Rhode Island

Greenville, South Carolina

Moncks Corner, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Huron, South Dakota

Rapid City, South Dakota

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Clarksville, Tennessee

Cookeville, Tennessee

Elizabethton, Tennessee

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Maryville, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee(2 reports)

Nashville, Tennessee

Thompsons Station, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas(2 reports)

Alice, Texas

Allen, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas(3 reports)

Belton, Texas

Bulverde, Texas

Coppell, Texas(2 reports)

Crawford, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Jacksonville, Texas

League City, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Pearland, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(3 reports)

Springtown, Texas

Tyler, Texas(2 reports)

Broadway, Virginia

Chesapeake, Virginia

Chester, Virginia

Hamilton, Virginia

Jonesville, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Lovettsville, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia(2 reports)

Springfield, Virginia

Artondale, Washington

Bellevue, Washington

Concrete, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Midland, Washington

Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Poulsbo, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Athens, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Crivitz, Wisconsin

Delavan, Wisconsin

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin(3 reports)

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin

Lander, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 21, 2021, hamptons from Watermill, NY wrote:

Unreliable for me. I dont go for the fancy colors & cultivars. Just plain old coneflower. Its supposed to be an easy, wet it and forget it plant. Only one or two come back in spring, much smaller. The following year, nothing. It gets sun, it gets drainage, it gets water in dry spells. It doesnt like me.


On Aug 2, 2017, Chi_townPlanter from Chicago, IL wrote:

I love this plant! I have been growing purple cone flower for about 3 years. As a novice, it has been very easy to care for and looks great for so long! It comes back strong every year and has not been invasive in my raised flowerbed. I have seen different color varieties and plan to plant it along my back fence.


On Jul 23, 2016, NativeGarden86 from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

Love the many uses of this plant! The butterflies also love it!! I have had a few of them over the past few years. They DO NOT like a lot of water. We had rain for almost 30 days straight in SW Florida and the ones I had in the ground all perished. Now I keep them all in pots just in case. Overall a beautiful, useful plant. The blooms are so big and I love how they age. A must have for any herbalists or people interested in traditional medicinals.


On Feb 1, 2016, JBtheExplorer from Southeast, WI wrote:

This is a great plant, with a great color. It attracts butterflies, including Monarchs. Make sure you have the true specie and not a garden center variety! As many know, this plant looks great with rudbeckia, however, it also looks great next to Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Milkweed) as well as Gaillardia. This plant should be added to all butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens, and native gardens in its native range.


On Apr 16, 2015, marlene67 from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

haven't tried to grow it, but in researching it, learned it can cause allergic reactions if ingested.


On Jun 14, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is usually called purple coneflower.

Tough, easy, adaptable, and long-blooming, this is a great garden plant. The flowers are butterfly magnets, and they make good cut flowers, in white, shades of pink, or green. Flower arrangers sometimes remove the petals and use the orangey-brown cone.

This is a short-lived, clump-forming perennial that persists in the garden through self-sowing. It isn't weedy or aggressive in its self-sowing, and extra plants are easily removed. Individual plants typically live 3-5 years, and are often replaced by their offspring unnoticed. Good drainage is essential.

The petals of the species usually droop, giving the flower a shape like a badminton shuttlecock. If you don't like the droopy look, 'Magnus' holds its pe... read more


On Apr 22, 2014, kmm44 from Dayton, OH wrote:

I absolutely love this plant. I think my originals were given to me by my son. I had decided to quit doing the same boring annuals every year and branch out into perennials and didn't know where to start. He had taken botany as part of his biology degree studies and was gung ho on helping me. He was living with his brother an hour from here and had planted several flower beds in his yard. He brought me starts of countless plants and showed me how to arrange them by height and color. My coneflowers are prolific, but I don't consider them invasive--they are too beautiful!. They do have a tendency to pop up in other beds, but I just leave them. I had some in another bed and dug them up to give my sister-in-law and next thing I knew, they all grew back from whatever root bits were left,... read more


On Feb 6, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

One of my very favorite perennials that is easy, reliable, and does not need staking. This native plant is commonly sold at most garden centers in the Midwest and East USA. It can experience Aster Yellows disease, a mycoplasma spread by leafhoppers, that disfigures the flowers and upper leaves. Cut way below the infection and burn the diseased part. This plant does self sow a lot. I have one patch that appeared by itself about 20 feet from the closest ones I planted years earlier. It is easy to dig up and divide to propagate more, besides seeding. It blooms a long time, usually about 6 weeks for me in late June to early August.


On Jun 23, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

A butterfly magnet! This is one of the Top 3 nectar-bearing food plants for butterflies. (The other two are butterfly weed & New England aster). Butterfly visitors include Monarchs, Fritillaries, Painted Ladies, Swallowtails, Sulfurs, and Whites.

The caterpillars of the butterfly Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) feed on the foliage, while the caterpillars of several moths feed on the flowerheads. These latter species include Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (Blackberry Looper), Eupithecia miserulata (Common Eupithecia), Synchlora aerata (Wavy-Lined Emerald), and Homoeosoma electella (Sunflower Moth).

A small songbird, the Eastern Goldfinch, eats the seeds during the summer and early fall.

If you can grow this plant, nature will reward you ma... read more


On Apr 23, 2013, debles from Tulsa, OK wrote:

One of my all-time favorite plants. The area where I had previously grown it has been redone and I lost me ever-growing cluster of plants, so I'm starting over in another area.

In our hot, often dry climate, it thrives with little to no care, blooms for a long time, pleases the butterflies and birds and is a valuable source of medicine. What's not to love?


On Jun 7, 2012, MsMuddyToes from Kansas City, MO wrote:

I have several different cultivars in my garden. My first plants did not do so well. I moved them, even one that looked like it was dying every year. A tree had made the "sunny" only partial shade. Once in the sun, it grew well. I obtained another native (for this area) cultivar, but the gal couldn't remember the exact name. I finally have a plant the spreads if I allow it to. I use tomato cages to hold it up as it gets very tall. We love it, but it does not like to be crowded by other plants and really windy storms will knock it over if not supported.


On Apr 22, 2011, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

This plant is even more reliable than Black Eyed Susans in my OKC zone 7a yard. Withstands cold, humidity, heat, and drought well. It's only enemies seem to be a leafeating larvae that sometimes appears. But they bounce back well if that happens and I can catch the larvae before they decimate the plant completely.
They do self seed occasionally but I've had good luck transplanting the babies in early spring. I experimented with the dwarf varieties but prefer the older, taller varieties as they seem less likely to mutate and produce weirdly contorted flower heads.


On Apr 18, 2011, califaloha from San Rafael, CA wrote:

I love Echinacea. Even the seedheads are pretty. My only problem are the squirrels love to dig them out of the pots on my deck and eat them. Little buggers. I cover my pots that contain tasty things they like with chicken wire until they are far enough along that the rodents leave them alone.


On Jul 13, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

These smell wonderful, tolerate heat and drought, survive rain and humidity, rebound from difficult winters, maintain a full clump of green foliage for the entire season, bloom for months, attract butterflies, feed the goldfinches, and multiply every year. They're a native plant and have a lovely bright color too.


On Dec 12, 2009, HummingbirdDude from Whitehall, PA wrote:

Nice plant, easy to grow. Butterflies, bees, and birds like this plant. Leave the stalks up after blooming so that the birds can eat the seeds. I have seen goldfinches eat the seeds from these plants.


On Nov 11, 2008, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought 3 Purple Coneflowers from Lowe's about 6 weeks ago. Planted them where they get full sun. They aren't doing ANYTHING. Haven't died, haven't grown. Mayyyyybeee 1 or 2 tiny little new leaves. Tested the soil and ph is right at 7...
And I really wanted these for the birds.


On Aug 7, 2008, NDFarmgirl from Page, ND wrote:

This has been my favorite for years...this year, however, I had my first taste of the dreaded yellow aster disease caused by leaf hoppers. I have literally had to dig up, at last count, 18 plants! But, I will still keep growing these.


On May 5, 2008, dwdessauer from Los Alamos, NM wrote:

Grows well in high altitude, dry New Mexico. Great fresh cut flowers for vases. Cut off long seed heads for dry flower arrangement. I have the style of can opener that takes off the entire can top (no sharp edges.) Collected seeds and placed in used clean cans. Taped down the top, printed a label "Vivian's Drought Tolerant Flower Seeds." Made unique Christmas gifts and party favors. Seeds are a favorite of local birds.


On Feb 18, 2008, jestelleoan from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a wonderful work horse plant. Does well in full sun and shade. All most bug free but birds love the seed. My yard is mostly shade and if I can get it a little sun it will grow. Their are so many colors now and doubles that you can find a good color for your garden.


On Oct 27, 2007, creekwalker from Benton County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Before finding out that drinking green tea daily wards off colds, I would make a vodka tincture of this plant, a couple of dropperfuls taken at the first sign of a cold would almost always make it go away.

I never used the roots, even though most believe that they are where the strongest concentration of good things are, and just used the stems, leaves and flowers. It was plenty good and far better than any commercial preparation.

I love the plant and yes, it does self seed, but I never had any trouble with it being invasive.


On Sep 24, 2007, ettasplace from Elizabethton, TN wrote:

I love the flower, but mine have been planted for 3 years and have never looked healthy. Also, they don't seem to reproduce like some have complained about.


On Aug 9, 2006, terri_in_PA from Emmaus, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant self sows freely, draws the bees and butterflies and even a hummingbird or 2. I leave the seed heads on the plants through out winter for the goldfinches and chickadees, who seem to enjoy them.
I like this plant, very depenable even in dought situations.


On Aug 6, 2006, kathy1955 from Mchenry, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very pretty, draws butterflies, and birds, takes the heat and clay soil I have. When I first started my garden a lady gave me a couple of clumps of these purple coneflowers. I couldnt believe she was giving them away.She did warn me about the fact that they spread like weeds.(I really didnt believe her). Those original 2 clumps turned out to be about 50 mature plants.This plant looks good paired with russian sage and black eyed susans. This is a great starter plant , when you are on a budget. It will fill up your garden and look good untill you can afford different varieties of plants and then you can pass some of them on to someone else. They can be a bit invasive, but you just have to learn to pull out the young ones like weeks if you cant find someone to take them off your hands.


On Mar 9, 2006, billyporter from Nichols, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like purple coneflower, but in the hot Iowa sun the color fades. I ordered Ruby Star and Vintage wine last year and was happy with them. Especially Vintage Wine, beautiful color.


On Mar 8, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've found this plant to grow very well in sun or part shade even in the hard & dry clay soil we have in some of our gardens... Which makes it good cause its hard to find a good flowering plant to grow well in dry clay soil in part shade. It does self seed but not enough to make it a weed for me :) All in all a great plant!


On Jan 25, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very hardy plant with pretty flowers. The birds love it; I don't deadhead it much in order to leave food for them. June - September bloom in my garden.


On Jan 10, 2006, magik8it from Nags Head, NC wrote:

Grows itself. I have a sandy soil occasional feeding and watering and I don't mess with them and they just come back thicker every year.


On Nov 5, 2005, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very resistant to drought, I personally dislike the droopy petals, but it's an Old Faithful in our garden!


On Jun 23, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a very easy plant to grow. It adds an interesting element to the garden.


On Jun 3, 2005, ahjgardener from Chicago, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is among my favorite perennials for the following reasons:
The foliage is interesting and bold.
The flowers are unique - I love the droopy petals!!
The centers look awesome in the winter when there is snow covering just the tips.

Yes, it does tend to grow and fill space, but I think its merits sell the smaller plants to friends and it perennial swaps.


On Apr 2, 2005, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

Very low water needs. Turns black when rainfall is abundant, though it does come back. Both years I've only gotten four or five flowers. No problems at all with it being invasive. Can kill it with love, put it somewhere where you won't 'accidentally' water it!


On Mar 10, 2005, NanaSue000 from St. Augustine, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I do love this flower, it can take the hot Florida summer sun unlike many things we try to grow here. But alas, much like black-eyed-susans, they are prone to fungus in our area. The humidity here tends to kill off otherwise heat-hardy plants, except for gaillardia of course. Fortunately, echinacea reseeds, so even while some of my flowers have to be pulled out if it's been especially rainy or humid, there are always new ones on the way.


On Aug 4, 2004, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Always beautiful..... always easy...... the new or fairly new must for the garden...... will be a classic one day like roses...... well maybe not like roses but close..... newer cultivars coming out every day...... while many new cultivars are bred to be brighter or different colors....... the white I can appreciate....... Most of the colors I find unimpressive...... also they're bred for ray like blooms when I like the drooping blooms....... this plant grows very well in partial shade.......not invasive....... Good for the birds and bees :) !!!!! ........ Personally I'll always like the wilder form original best...... the paler purple and the droopy blossoms...... with all the new cultivars out there.......I advise all those to keep theres someday they may be something of a novelty........ read more


On Jul 14, 2004, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

My purple coneflowers started from one nursery bought plant and spread rapidly in my butterfly garden which has very fertile soil and full sun. It seems to be very happy and blooms over a long length of time, although the color was never very rich to begin with and the plant probably never reached it's full potenial because the petals are always detroyed by japanese beetles... but the foliage remains untouched.

Mostly smaller butterflies are drawn to this plant and of course bees and other small pollinaters along with beetles. Birds LOVE the seeds and I often can't find a single one left on the plant.

Overall, this plant is great as a nectar source, landscape plant, and seed for birds.


On May 3, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy and carefree, this plant is popular with butterflies and birds. I enjoy them so much in my garden. They do reseed with abandon, but as I have them in a 'wildflower' section, this only adds to their charm. Plus, there are always seedlings to give away.


On Jan 26, 2004, gregfaithemily from Seymour, IN wrote:

I started with 3 plants about 4 years ago. It has seeded itself and now I have over 20 strong clumps that I have transplated to other locations in the garden.


On Jul 20, 2003, mocloa from Hendersonville, TN wrote:

I have enjoyed this plant for several years now. It comes back stronger and stronger every year. I do have to remove small plants each year as it tends to take over the island that I have it planted on. However, I find that the small plants make great gifts to share with others.


On Jul 11, 2003, Bricca from Sugar Grove, NC wrote:

This lovely plant is truly gorgeous in combination with the yellow coneflower. Very hardy, does fine with just rain water, grows well in rocky soil & hillside. Beautiful in a vase. Bloom lasts forever! Have had no problem with it being invasive.


On Feb 2, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This really attracts the butterfly, more than any other flower in my garden... makes a interesting "short" (3 ft) hedge when planted in a row against a fence. They totally hid the fence with all the flowers.


On Jul 31, 2002, Lizziewriter from Holmes, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Purple coneflower, as well as white, grows well in the burning hot dry area next to our driveway and didn't mind the snow abuse either. (semi-upstate New York, in a cold cleft of Stormville Mtn.) I am actually trying to find out whether the white is echinacea herb also, as I have more white than purple and put the leaves in my tea. It is not invasive (we have a problem though with sweet woodruff!) and flowers beautifully. Great for the tricky hotspots. Oh, and the deer seem to leave it alone, which is another plus for us!


On Jul 26, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Blooms well and long late spring through fall. Very attractive to butterflies and beneficials. Easy to grow. Multiplies well.


On Jun 27, 2002, RockyMike from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I like the Purple Coneflower but am giving up on keeping it because every year the groundhogs eat it and make a mess of it. It will never be invasive in my neighborhood!


On Jun 26, 2002, cmincy wrote:

Wonderful plant. Big daisy like blooms. Bees, birds, butterflies all love this plant as I do. In my garden I leave the stems up all winter for winter interest and the birds eat the seeds. My sisters and I have never had a problem with it being invasive.


On May 6, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Plant grows well in full shade, fewer flowers, but color does not fade as quickly.

Birds are attracted to seed-heads in winter.

Seed heads left on plant will very quickly scatter, making this an invasive pest plant.


On Jan 4, 2001, lantana from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows in Heat Zones 12-1.


On Nov 6, 2000, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Clump-forming, daisy like flowers in rosy purple, shades of pink and white. Grows to about 4' high with a spread of 1' to 2'. Centers are cone shaped and brown to orange brown. Good cut flower. Best cultivated in sun. Deadhead to encourage more flowering. Propagate by seed, cuttings or division. (They do not like to be disturbed.)