Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea, E. hybrida, E. paradoxa

How to plant Echinacea seeds

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.

Echinacea Mellow Yellows New for 2018 PR18145

MELLOW YELLOWS Echinacea Seeds

Mellow Yellows echinacea is a new 2½ to 3 ft. tall, first year flowering perennial with spectacular coneflowers in warm shades of cream, lemon, and dark yellow.

Mellow Yellows blooms freely over a long June to October season and produces a profusion of long-lasting cut flowers. Plants are winter hardy to zone 4.

15 seeds - $3.99

Echinacea Green Twister New for 2017/18 CHN0001

GREEN TWISTER Echinacea Seeds

A striking new bicolor echinacea discovered as a natural mutation of Magnus. Green Twister blooms abundantly with horizontally arranged lemon-green petals which transition to light pink and carmine red near the central cone. Flower stems lengthen and thicken after the first year.

Gardeners and florists alike will appreciate Green Twister for the easy to blend colors, long, strong stems, and extended vase life.

Green Twister echinacea will flower the first year when started early. Growth is robust and uniform, plants grow up to 40 in. tall while blooming from July through September. Green Twister is winter hardy to zone 3, and will overwinter more reliably than vegetatively produced echinacea hybrids.

15 seeds - $3.99

Echinacea Rose Compact Prairie Splendor New for 2018 PR18133


Rose Compact Prairie Splendor echinacea is a dwarf 14-16 in. tall version of Prairie Splendor Deep Rose echinacea. Plants bloom 2-3 weeks before other echinaceas, flower the first year 100% of the time, and carry huge 4-6 in. flowers.

Rose Compact Prairie Splendor echinacea thrives in containers, beds, and mixed borders.

10 seeds - $3.49

Echinacea Happy Star New for 2018 PR18151

HAPPY STAR Echinacea Seeds

Happy Star echinacea holds its pure white flower petals in a horizontal position around large orange-yellow cones. Flowers are long-lasting when cut. Plants grow 3 to 3½ ft. tall, are sturdy and long lived, will bloom from July to October and are winter hardy to zone 3.

30 seeds - $2.49

Echinacea Ruby Star New for 2018 PR18153

RUBY STAR Echinacea Seeds

Ruby Star echinacea produces large, long lasting, intense rose-purple blooms with horizontal flower petals and deep bronze cones. Flowers are held on long, strong stems perfect for cutting.

The 3 to 3½ ft. tall plants are vigorous, sturdy, and long-blooming — flowers begin in midsummer and continue well into the fall. Winter hardy to zone 3. Ruby Star echinacea is a winner of the Award of Garden Merit (A.G.M.) from the Royal Horticultural Society.

30 seeds - $2.49

Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit - Echinacea hybrida
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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.

10 seeds - $ 7.99

Echinacea PowWow Wild Berry - Echinacea purpurea
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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 and make superb cut flowers.

Powwow Wild Berry is the heaviest flowering echinacea grown from seed. Plants flower the first year when started early. Grows 20-24 in. tall and is winter hardy to zone 3. A 2010 All-America Selections Winner.

10 seeds - $3.99

Echinacea PowWow white - Echinacea purpurea
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POW­WOW WHITE Echinacea Seeds

PowWow White holds pure white, 3-4 in. flowers on free-branching, 18-24 in. tall plants. Blooms appear heavily and continuously from early summer until frost. Deadheading is not required.

PowWow White echinacea flowers the first year when started early and is winter hardy to zone 3.

10 seeds - $3.99

Echinacea purpurea - purple coneflower PR00823

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 - $2.49

Echinacea Prairie Splendor Deep Rose - Echinacea purpurea
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Prairie Splendor Deep Rose 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

Echinacea Double Decker - Echinacea purpurea PR07136

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 Double Decker echinacea with Snow Thimble foxglove, or Snow Cloud Jupiter's beard to produce a high impact planting.

20 seeds - $3.99

Echinacea Magnus Superior - Echinacea purpurea
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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. Plants in our test garden showed extraordinary flower production. We highly recommend Magnus Superior. 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

Echinacea Primadonna Deep Rose - Echinacea purpurea
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Huge 4-6 in. wide, deep rosy-pink flowers with dark bronze cones. Petals are held straight out. Plants reach 30-34 in. tall and are winter hardy to zone 3.

Many professional growers consider Primadonna Deep Rose to be the best echinacea to grow for cut flowers.

30 seeds - $2.49

Echinacea Primadonna White - Echinacea purpurea
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Impressive 4-5 in. white flowers with near horizontal petals. Flowers 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

Coneflower Mix Echinacea seeds CHN0002

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. A vibrant bouquet of white, yellow, light pink, and red-purple flowers all in one mix. Coneflower Mix echinaceas are excellent cut flowers.

Plants flower the first season — grow to 30 to 48 in. tall and produce a rainbow of coneflower color from June through October.

Coneflower Mix echinacea seed is quick to germinate with no fuss and plants are vigorous and easy to grow. In our garden Coneflower Mix echinaceas bloomed earlier in the first season than nearly all the other echinaceas we tested. Only Prairie Splendor Deep Rose was able to bloom as quickly as Coneflower Mix.

25 seeds - $4.99

Yellow Coneflower - Echinacea paradoxa PR11910

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. Chilling instructions provided as a precaution - we have never needed to do it. Our experience has been that Yellow Coneflower seed is as easy to germinate as Echinacea purpurea. Winter hardy to zone 4.

20 seeds - $3.99

Echinacea White Swan - Echinacea purpurea PR00827

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

Echinacea White Compact Prairie Splendor New for April, 2018 PR18134


The large ivory flowers of White Compact Prairie Splendor echinacea are held atop dwarf 14-16 in. tall plants. Bloom begins 2-3 weeks prior to other echinaceas and plants flower the first year 100% of the time.

The performance of White Compact Prairie Splendor echinacea is outstanding in containers, beds, and mixed borders.

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How to Plant and Grow Echinacea

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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.

Tips for producing beefy echinacea plants under fluorescent lights: To maximize vegetative growth after germination provide 18-24 hours of artificial light per day. Move your echinacea plants outdoors when natural day length has reached 13+ hours (early to mid April). If plants that bloom quickly are your priority, provide 9 hours of light per day for the first two weeks after germination, and then 14 hours per day thereafter.

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 when cut. Plants are deer resistant. Our favorite echinaceas to grow in containers are Cheyenne Spirit, the Powwows—Wild Berry and White, and the Prairie Splendors—Deep Rose, Rose Compact, and White Compact.