Echinacea purpurea, E. hybrida, E. paradoxa
Echinaceas are tough, heat tolerant, drought and deer resistant perennials. Purple Coneflowers attract a variety of butterflies. They are a particular favorite of the Monarch. Echinaceas are winter hardy to zone 3, unless otherwise noted.
CHEYENNE SPIRITEchinaceaEchinacea hybrida
A 2013 All America Selections Winner. Exceptional, innovative, vivid, first-year flowering, well formed flowers in shades of gold, scarlet, orange, red, purple, yellow, and cream. The 27-32 inch tall, uniform, extremely well-branched plants are heavy blooming; they produce flowers in gorgeous shades previously seen only in expensive tissue culture produced plants. Certified by the Dallas Arboretum as a "Flameproof" plant for exceptional performance during hot Texas summers. Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea is a high impact, long-lived perennial for containers or the landscape. Winter hardy to zone 4.
ECHINACEA PURPUREA Purple Coneflower Seeds
This prairie native holds rose-purple, 4-inch flowers with prominent orange-tipped cones, and downward pointing petals. Plants flower July-September, producing long lasting cut-flowers. Echinacea purpurea is well known for its valuable medicinal qualities. Packet is 2 grams, about 450 seeds.
POWWOW SERIES Echinacea Seeds Echinacea purpurea
PowWow series purple coneflowers are the heaviest flowering Echinacea plants grown from seed. They will produce masses of 3-4 inch flowers from early summer until frost. PowWow Echinaceas grow to 2 feet tall, remain compact, and are extremely well-branched. Plants are winter hardy to zone 3.
POWWOW WILD BERRY Echinacea
A milestone in Echinacea breeding, PowWow Wild Berry Echinacea features the most richly colored, rosy-purple non-fade flowers, on the best branching purple coneflower plants. Flowers do not require deadheading, and will bloom without interruption from early summer until frost. The 2-foot tall plants provide superb cut flowers all season. Will bloom the first year when started early. A 2010 All-America Selections Winner.
POWWOW WHITE Echinacea
PowWow White Echinacea holds pure white flowers with yellow cones. Plants are well matched, both in size and season, to PowWow Wild Berry Echinacea. This tidy, easy to grow Echinacea blooms the first year, providing clean, long-lasting cut flowers from early July until frost.
Available in 100 seed bulk packets.
Single coneflowers appear the first year. The big pay-off is in year 2 and beyond. A high percentage of flowers will appear as 'twins.' These blooms put on an impressive summertime show. Monarch butterflies perching on the flowers, create a memorable sight. Sturdy, long stems make Double Decker Echinacea an excellent source of cut-flowers. Grow with Snow Thimble foxglove, or Snow Cloud Jupiter's beard to produce a high impact planting.
MAGNUS SUPERIOR Echinacea
Intense lavender-pink flowers, with near horizontal petals. The blooms of Magnus Superior are deeper in color, with larger cones, when compared to Magnus Echinacea. The growth habit of Magnus Superior is also more uniform. Among the best of all perennials. We highly recommend. Magnus Superior Echinacea grows nicely with Globetrotter Agastache, Milkmaid butterfly weed, Giant Yellow Herold foxglove, Sunshine hollyhock, Sunburst Colours penstemon, Fama Deep Blue scabiosa, and Emperor's Waves sedum.
PRIMADONNA WHITE Echinacea
Impressive, 4-5 inch, white blooms with horizontally held petals. Flowers are held on thick, strong stems, and are superb for cutting. Plants grow 30-34 inches tall. Primadonna White Echinacea grows beautifully with Blue Cap sea holly.
PRIMADONNA DEEP ROSE IMPROVED Echinacea
Huge, 4-6 inch, deep rosy-pink flowers with dark bronze cones. Petals are held straight out. Many professional growers consider Primadonna Deep Rose Improved to be the best Echinacea to grow for cut flowers. Plants grow 30-34 inches tall.
PRAIRIE SPLENDOR Echinacea
Prairie Splendor is the longest blooming purple coneflower and the first Echinacea to flower from seed the first year, 100% of the time. Huge, 4-6 inch, rose-pink flowers appear in June, and continue to bloom until frost, a first for Echinaceas. Compact, well-branched, 2 foot tall plants are perfect for borders. Performance is unmatched in pots. A 2007 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize).
Purplish-rose, 4-5 inch flowers with wide petals. Petals are briefly held horizontal, then fold back into the classic coneflower shape. Cones are an attractive golden-orange color. Flowers show a range of tones, from soft to deep. Plants grow 3-4 feet tall.
WHITE SWAN Echinacea
Creamy white, honey scented flowers bloom within 4-months from seed. Echinacea 'White Swan' is lower growing than most coneflowers. In our experience, 24 inches tall is the average plant height. White Swan is an especially good Echinacea for containers. Will combine nicely with alyssum and lobelia.
YELLOW CONEFLOWER EchinaceaEchinacea paradoxa var. paradoxa
Yellow coneflower produces 4 inch blooms with prominent, coppery-brown tipped cones and drooping yellow petals. Flowers are long-lasting cut. Bloom is from June-September. Yellow coneflower is a tough, heat tolerant, easy to grow, 2-3 foot tall perennial. Seeds may require chilling, instructions included.
How to Plant Echinacea Seeds
Sow Echinacea seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and cover lightly. Kept at 70°F., germination averages 21-28 days. Can direct sow Echinacea seeds into prepared seed beds, ⅛ inch deep in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 18-24 inches apart. Thin to the strongest seedling. See Yellow Coneflower for its unique planting instructions. See starting your seeds for more information.
Comments: Full sun. Echinacea will tolerate some drought once established; performance is better with regular water. Purple coneflowers attract bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Blooms are long-lasting cut. Plants are deer resistant. Our favorite Echinacea varieties to grow in containers are Cheyenne Spirit, Powwow White, Powwow Wild Berry, and Prairie Splendor.