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Growing Coneflowers (Echinacea)

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These striking flowers make a great addition to almost any garden. This is a page about growing coneflowers (echinacea).


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February 22, 2006
Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Life Cycle: perennial
Planting Time: spring or fall
Height: 2' to 4'
Exposure: full sun or light shade
Soil: average to rich, well-drained soil; drought tolerant
Hardiness: zones 3 to 9
Bloom Time: mid summer to fall
Flower: pink, rose, purplish pink and white
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds and division (fall or spring)
Suggested Use: beds, borders and mass plantings
Growing Hints: Sow seeds in pots. Set the pots outside over winter or cold treat them for a month before moving them to a warm place to germinate. Transplant them in spring after soil becomes workable and danger of frost has passed. Water them regularly (take care not to over water) and remove spent blooms for the best show of flowers. Young seedlings are appealing to rabbits and should be protected. Coneflowers attract butterflies and leaving a few spent flower heads remaining in the garden will be much appreciates by backyard birds.
Interesting Facts: Coneflower is often sold by its botanical name, Echinacea, for its ability to boost the immune system.
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July 16, 2018

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This simple flower turns into a hypnotic experience if one stares at it closely. Like an old-fashioned optical illusion, it starts to move and pull you in...truly inescapable! Now you try! Do you see it moving? Give it time.


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Needham, MA

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August 14, 2018

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After reading how important planting native plants are to the health of bees, butterflies, birds, native animals and the environment, I am adding more native plants to my little "Mom's Memorial Garden".


So I was delighted to see 3 butterflies and a bee on my echinacea (purple coneflower) plant when I stepped out of my house today! Can you spot them?

I love butterflies and this was a real treat to see, so I thought I'd share this happy photo!

I hope you consider planting more native plants in your gardens too!

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Northeastern PA

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July 22, 2019

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Desiring color and clever, becoming flowers and blooms to entice visitors and spark conversations, I began looking for the living lovelies that spoke to me at my local nursery. Tiny and singular when purchased, it immediately thrived after transplant and a smidgen of verbal reaffirming of the impending beauty it would blossom to be. The next summer, as it is now in it's fourth seasonal return, gave hint of multiple births adding in number of blooms and bursts of sharp color along the walkway to the front door. It does well among the basic lilies and has hollyhock friends just across to contrast in color and height for a truly fragrant and colorful greeting to guests.


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Coatesville, Indiana
Heritage Lake; Mill Springs

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February 3, 2011

This was my first try at gardening and so many have said I have a green thumb.The new house we moved to had nothing growing, but grass so I decided to brighten it up with flowers.

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July 27, 2017

I took this photo of a honey bee on an echinacea flower while we were visiting the zoo. I love watching bees as they collect pollen and echinacea are one of my favorite flowers.

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