Echinacea, Variegated Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower 'Sparkler'

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: Sparkler
Additional cultivar information:(PP17298)
Hybridized by Korlipara
Registered or introduced: 2005



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Good Fall Color

This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

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:

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


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

San Leandro, California

Haviland, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


On Mar 13, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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.