a.k.a. Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea, E. hybrida, E. paradoxa
- Echinaceas are tough, heat tolerant, drought and deer resistant perennials.
- Visited by Monarchs, Purple Coneflowers attract a variety of butterflies all summer.
- Winter hardy to zone 3 unless otherwise noted.
CHEYENNE SPIRITEchinacea Seeds
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. 'Cheyenne Spirit' is a high impact, long-lived perennial for containers or the landscape. Winter hardy to zone 4.
POWWOW SERIES Echinacea Seeds
'PowWow' 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 Seeds
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. A 2010 All-America Selections Winner.
POWWOW WHITE Echinacea Seeds
'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.
ECHINACEA PURPUREA Echinacea 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.
DOUBLE DECKEREchinacea Seeds
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: 'Snow Thimble' Foxglove, and 'Snow Cloud' Jupiter's Beard.
MAGNUS SUPERIOR Echinacea Seeds
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' grows nicely with 'Globetrotter' Agastache, 'Milkmaid' Butterfly Weed, 'Giant Herald' Foxglove, 'Sunshine' Hollyhock, 'Fama Deep Blue' Scabiosa, 'Emperor's Wave' Sedum.
PRAIRIE SPLENDOR Echinacea Seeds
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).
DEEP ROSE IMPROVED Echinacea Seeds
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.
PRIMADONNA WHITE Coneflower Seeds
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.
Purplish-rose, 4-5 inch flowers with wide, horizontally held petals, and attractive golden-orange cones. Flowers show a range of tones, from soft to deep.
WHITE SWANConeflower Seeds
Creamy white, honey scented flowers flower in only 4-months from seed.
BABY SWAN WHITEConeflower Seeds
The white flowers are very similar to 'White Swan;' the plants are dwarf, well-branched plants grow only to 20 inches tall. 'Baby Swan' is excellent at the front of the border or in containers. A Fleuroselect Quality Mark winner. 'Baby Swan' Echinacea grows beautifully with 'Sterntaler' Coreopsis.
Echinacea 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,' 'Prairie Splendor,' and 'Baby Swan.'