Common Name: Magnus Cornflower
Seed Count: 20
Family: Hardy Perennial
Echinacea purpurea Magnus – Distinguished by the exceptionally large, warm brightly coloured flowers with petals being more horizontal than the species form. The Summer autumn blooms are produced on up to 90cm stems and are excellent for cutting, fresh or for drying. The Raised central cone is a bronze colour and turns black as the seed matures. Birds love to feast on ripened seed cones. Thrives in average soil or hot dry conditions. Frost hardy. Enjoys full sun to light shade. 90cm x 45cm.
Sow seed in late winter to spring or late summer to autumn. Seed prefers a cold spell to germinate well. Sow seed on surface of good quality seed raising mix and press in lightly, do not cover seed as seed needs light to germinate, you may use a very light sprinkling of vermiculite. Keep moist but not wet at all times. Keep at 20-24 degrees C . Germination may start after 5 days and may take up to 20 days. Prick out seedlings once large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots to grow on before planting out in spring in well drained soil. Echinacea will flower in 11 to 15 weeks from sowing so Flowers are possible in the first year.