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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 guide 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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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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Garden: Purple Coneflower

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July 27, 2017

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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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Pt. Defiance Zoo (Tacoma, WA)

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