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 Cheyenne Spirit - Echinacea purpurea - Perennial Flower Seeds PR11888

CHEYENNE SPIRIT Echinacea 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

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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

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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 - Echinacea purpurea - Perennial Flower Seeds PR00826


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

Echinacea Primadonna White - Echinacea purpurea - Perennial Flower Seeds PR09518


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 - $1.99

Echinacea Primadonna Deep Rose - Echinacea purpurea - Perennial Flower Seeds PR09517


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 - $1.99

Echinacea Prairie Splendor - Echinacea purpurea - Perennial Flower Seeds PR09516


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 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. Performance is unmatched in pots. Winter hardy to zone 3. A 2007 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize).

30 seeds - $2.49

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BRAVADO Echinacea

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 - $1.99

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WHITE SWAN Echinacea

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

Yellow Coneflower Echinacea paradoxa - Echinacea purpurea - Perennial Flower Seeds PR11910

YELLOW CONEFLOWER Echinacea 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. Winter hardy to zone 4. Seeds may require chilling, instructions included.

25 seeds - $2.99

Echinacea: Echinacea PowWow Wild Berry Photo - Perennial Flower Seeds PR11870


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

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 21-28 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. See Yellow Coneflower for its unique planting instructions.

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.