Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants

Height: 2 to 5'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: June to August

Bloom Color: Purple-Pink

Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium

Soil Type: Average, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Other Names: eastern purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower

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Echinacea is renowned for both its attractive looks and medicinal uses. Its beautiful, daisy-like flowers can be used cut or dried. Attractive to both birds (such as goldfinches) and butterflies, leaving the seed heads in winter provides a food source to migrating birds. This also allows for the plant to self-seed, creating a larger, fuller patch. If things become too crowded you can divide the plant every four years or so. Purple coneflower is relatively adaptable, being drought, clay, dry soil and shallow/rocky soil tolerant. Medicinally it is said to boost the immune system and alleviate cold symptoms. The leaves and seeds can be dried and made into a tea. Echinacea is the larval host for the Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly (pictured above).


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2 to 5'

Container Size


Bloom Time

June to August

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Dry to Medium

Soil Type

Average, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

eastern purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower

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