Large sunrays of dusky rose pink, downward facing petals, encircle showy mahogany cones, on much loved Echinacea purpurea.
Echinacea purpurea (commonly called Purple Coneflower) has sprung to fame in recent times as a natural herbal tonic. It is reputed to enhance the immune system and aid in the speedy recovery from coughs and colds.
Whatever the science of this claim, Echinacea is worth growing anyway for it’s wonderful coned flowers, excellent cut flowers, and long and prolific blooming.
Abundant flowers bloom from late spring to first frost on well branched stems.
And the strong stems do not need staking.
Echinacea purpurea gives excellent cut flowers, to use either fresh or dried.
The cones are also decorative on the plant long after the petals have dropped.
So gardeners often leave the cones to stand through winter, providing both visual structure, and feed for small native seed eating birds.
This hardy native of North America enjoys Full Sun to Light Shade.
It is a very unfussy, low maintenance plant, which grows happily in just about any well drained soil.
Once established it is water-wise plant, that needs only minimal extra watering, and can survive dry spells well.
It is robustly frost hardy.
90cm x 45cm .
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow at any time of year in punnets indoors / or scatter in garden late winter & spring or late summer & autumn.
INDOORS: Sow in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix, moistened through.
Press gently. Light is needed for germination, so only barely cover.
Keep moist. 20-24°C approx. optimum for rapid germination.
Germination may start after just 5 days and may take up to 20 days.
Echinacea will flower in 11 to 15 weeks from sowing so Flowers are possible in the first year.
Prick out seedlings once large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots to grow on before planting out in spring in well drained soil.