Echinacea purpurea, E. hybrida, E. paradoxa
Echinaceas are tough, heat tolerant, drought and deer resistant perennials. Purple Coneflowers attract a variety of butterflies all summer, and 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 and 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 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 has rose-purple 4-inch flowers with downward pointing petals and prominent orange-tipped cones. Flowers July-September and is a long lasting cut-flower. Well known for valuable medicinal qualities. Packet is 2 grams, about 450 seeds.
POWWOW SERIES Echinacea Seeds Echinacea purpurea
PowWow series Purple Coneflowers are the heaviest flowering Echinaceas grown from seed, producing masses of 3-4 inch flowers from early summer until frost. The 2 foot tall plants are compact and extremely well-branched. Winter hardy to zone 3.
POWWOW WILD BERRY Echinacea
A milestone in Echinacea breeding, PowWow Wild Berry features the most richly colored, rosy-purple non-fade flowers, on the best branching Purple Coneflower plants. Does not require deadheading; flowers without interruption from early summer until frost, provides superb cut flowers all season. Blooms first year when started early. Grows to 2 feet tall. A 2010 All-America Selections Winner.
POWWOW WHITE Echinacea
PowWow White produces pure white flowers with yellow cones. Plants are well matched, both in size and season, to PowWow Wild Berry. The tidy, easy to grow plants flower the first year, providing beautiful, long-lasting cut flowers from early July until frost.
Available in 100 seed bulk packets only.
Single coneflowers appear first year. Big pay-off in years 2 and beyond. Then a high percentage of flowers are 'twins' which make an impressive summertime show. Monarch butterflies perching on flowers is a memorable sight. Sturdy stems make it an excellent cut-flower. Grow with pure white foxglove, and white Jupiter's beard.
MAGNUS SUPERIOR Echinacea
Intense lavender-pink flowers; near horizontal petals. Blooms of 'Magnus Superior' are deeper in color with larger cones, and plants are more uniform in growth compared to 'Magnus.' Among the best of perennials. Magnus Superior echinacea grows nicely with lilac pink Agastache, white butterfly weed, mustard-colored foxglove, single yellow hollyhock, mixed colors penstemon, large blue scabiosa, and purple red sedum.
PRIMADONNA WHITE Echinacea
Brilliant 4-5 inch white flowers with horizontal petals on thick, strong stems. They 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, hold their petals straight out. Perhaps the best Echinacea for cutting. Grows 30-34 inches tall.
PRAIRIE SPLENDOR Echinacea
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 blooming until frost, a first for Echinaceas. Compact, well branched, 2 foot tall plants are perfect for borders; unmatched in pots. A 2007 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize).
Purplish-rose, 4-5 inch flowers. Wide petals are briefly held horizontal, then quickly fold back into the classic coneflower shape. Attractive golden-orange cones. Flowers show a range of tones, from soft to deep. Plants grow 3-4 feet tall.
WHITE SWAN Echinacea
Creamy white, honey scented flowers flower in only 4-months from seed.
YELLOW CONEFLOWER EchinaceaEchinacea paradoxa var. paradoxa
Produces 4 inch flowers with prominent coppery-brown tipped cones and drooping yellow petals from June-September. They are long lasting cut-flowers. 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 seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and cover lightly. Kept at 70°F., germination averages 21-28 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds ⅛ inch deep in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 18-24 inches apart. Thin to the strongest plant. See Yellow Coneflower for its unique planting instructions. See Starting 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 and are long-lasting when cut. Plants are deer resistant. Favorite Echinacea varieties for containers are Cheyenne Spirit, Powwow White, Powwow Wild Berry, and Prairie Splendor.