Echinacea purpurea, E. hybrida, E. paradoxa
Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower are tough, heat tolerant, drought and deer resistant perennials. Their large flowers attract a variety of butterflies, and are a particular favorite of the Monarch.
GREEN TWISTER Echinacea Seeds
A striking new bicolor echinacea discovered as a natural mutation of Magnus. Green Twister produces abundant blooms with horizontally-arranged, lemon-green petals that transition to a light-pink or carmine-red color near the center cone. Will bloom the first year when started early. Plants grow up to 40 in. tall. Stems lengthen after the first year and make excellent cut flowers. Flowers from July through September. Winter hardy to zone 3.
|15 seeds - $3.99|
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 plants. The 3-4 in. blooms do not require deadheading, appear without interruption from early summer until frost. Blooms do not require deadheading, make superb cut flowers. Powwow Wild Berry is the heaviest flowering echinacea grown from seed. Plants flower the first year when started early. Winter hardy to zone 3. A 2010 All-America Selections Winner.
|10 seeds - $3.99|
ECHINACEA PURPUREA Purple Coneflower Seeds
This prairie native holds 4 in. rose-purple flowers with prominent orange-tipped cones, and downward pointing petals. Plants flower July-September, produce long-lasting cut flowers. Echinacea purpurea is well known for its valuable medicinal qualities. Winter hardy to zone 3. Packet is 2 grams, about 450 seeds.
|2 grams - $1.99|
PRAIRIE SPLENDOR Echinacea Seeds
Prairie Splendor is the longest-blooming echinacea, and the first to flower from seed the first year, 100% of the time. Huge 4-6 in. rose-pink flowers appear in June and continue to bloom until frost, a first for echinaceas. Compact, well-branched 2 ft. tall plants are perfect for borders, and performance is unmatched in pots. Winter hardy to zone 3. A 2007 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize).
|30 seeds - $2.49|
DOUBLE DECKER Echinacea Seeds
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 these flowers, create a memorable sight. Sturdy, long stems make Double Decker echinacea an excellent source of cut-flowers. Plants are winter hardy to zone 3. Grow with Snow Thimble foxglove, or Snow Cloud Jupiter's beard to produce a high impact planting.
|20 seeds - $3.99|
MAGNUS SUPERIOR Echinacea Seeds
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. Plants are winter hardy to zone 3. Grow Magnus Superior echinacea with Globetrotter agastache, Milkmaid butterfly weed, Giant Yellow Herold foxglove, Sunshine hollyhock, Sunburst Colours penstemon, Fama Deep Blue scabiosa, and Emperor's Waves sedum.
|20 seeds - $2.99|
PRIMADONNA WHITE Echinacea Seeds
Impressive 4-5 in. white flowers with near horizontal petals. Flower are held on thick and strong stems, are superb for cutting. Plants grow 30-34 in. tall. Winter hardy to zone 3. Grow Primadonna White echinacea with Blue Cap sea holly.
|30 seeds - $2.49|
PRIMADONNA DEEP ROSE IMPROVED Echinacea Seeds
Huge 4-6 in. wide, 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 reach 30-34 in. tall, are winter hardy to zone 3.
|30 seeds - $2.49|
WHITE SWAN Echinacea Seeds
Creamy white, honey-scented flowers bloom within 4-months from seed. White Swan echinacea is lower growing than most coneflowers. In our experience, 24 in. tall is the average plant height. White Swan is an especially good echinacea to grow in containers. Winter hardy to zone 3. White Swan echinacea combines beautifully with alyssum and lobelia.
|40 seeds - $2.49|
BRAVADO Echinacea Seeds
Purple-rose 4-5 in. flowers. Petals are wide and briefly held in a horizontal position, then fold back into classic coneflower shape. Flower cones are an attractive golden-orange color. Blooms show a range of tones, from soft to deep. Plants grow 3-4 ft. tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
|50 seeds - $2.49|
YELLOW CONEFLOWER Echinacea Seeds Echinacea paradoxa var. paradoxa
Yellow coneflower produces 4 in. flowers with prominent coppery-brown tipped cones, and drooping yellow petals. Blooms are long-lasting cut. Plants flower from June to September. Yellow coneflower is a tough, heat tolerant, easy to grow 2-3 ft. tall perennial. Seeds will occasionally require chilling, instructions included. Winter hardy to zone 4.
|25 seeds - $2.99|
CONEFLOWER MIX Echinacea Seeds Echinacea species and hybrids: purpurea x paradoxa x pallida x angustifolia x tennesseensis
A unique echinacea mix of five species and their hybrids. Plants reach 30 to 48 in. tall and produce a rainbow of coneflower color from June through October. A vibrant bouquet of white, yellow, light-pink and red-purple all in this one mix. Echinacea makes an excellent cut flower. Seeds will occasionally require chilling, instructions included.
|25 seeds - $2.99|
CHEYENNE SPIRIT Echinacea Seeds Echinacea hybrida
An All America Selections Winner. Exceptional and innovative, first-year flowering, well-formed vivid flowers in shades of gold, scarlet, orange, red, purple, yellow, and cream. The 27-32 in. tall and 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.
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How to Plant and Grow Echinacea
Plant Echinacea Seeds: Sow echinacea seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and cover lightly. Kept at 70°F., germination averages 10-21 days. Can direct sow echinacea seeds into prepared seed beds, ⅛ in. deep in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 18-24 in. apart. Thin to the strongest seedling.
Grow echinacea like a pro tip for producing beefy echinacea plants under fluorescent lights: To maximize vegetative growth after germination - provide 24 hours of artificial light per day. Do not move echinacea outdoors until natural day length has reached 13 hours (early to mid April), because under nights longer than 11 hours, echinacea growth is sharply inhibited.
Grow Echinacea: 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 Wild Berry, and Prairie Splendor.