Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Clusters of large, lance shaped, dark green basal leaves put up a sparsely leaved stem topped with multiple large blooms.  The flowers have a spiky, black and yellow thimble-like mass of disk flowers surrounded by ray flowers (or "petals") in hues varying from almost white to deep pink and light purple. The iridescent shades of all parts of the flower attract insects of all kinds. Birds love the seeds that form and persist in the head after the petals have fallen off. Removing the spent blooms will encourage multiple successions of flowers.  Makes an excellent cut flower for arrangements and bouquets.

Scientific Name: Echinacea purpurea
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Butterfly Host: N/A
Container Size: 3/4 gallon
Cultural Uses: N/A
Fall Foliage: No
Fruit: Tan nutlets resembling tiny sunflower seeds.
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Square Feet Used: 2
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Price: $10.00

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