A species of Coneflowers, Also known as Eastern purple coneflower, Hedgehog coneflower Botanical name : Echinacea purpurea Genus : Coneflowers
Purple coneflower, A species of Coneflowers
Also known as:
Eastern purple coneflower, Hedgehog coneflower
Botanical name: Echinacea purpurea
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is an herb native to North America that flourishes in prairie environments or open wooded areas. The purple coneflower makes a good addition to a flower bed or garden because its blooms last the whole summer and attract pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds.
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People often ask
Its genus name, Echinacea, means "spiny", because its flowers are especially like a prickly sea urchin, which also has the same genus name. Some people think its flowers resemble petals around pinecones, and so this genus is called the coneflower. Since this species has purple petals around the cones, it is called the purple coneflower.
It has been awarded the Garden Excellence Awards from Royal Horticulture Society.
The purple coneflower is typically used in plant, woodland, and wildflower gardens. Gardeners prize its long-blooming nature and its ability to attract pollinators such as butterflies to gardens. The purple coneflower is prized for its adaptability to less than desirable environments such as heat, poor soil, and drought. It is especially popular when planted in mass with Black-Eyed Susans in wildflower or woodland gardens.
Care Guide for Purple coneflower
Water Purple coneflower when the top inch of soil is dry. This averages to once a week depending on soil and weather conditions. When you do water the plant, water it deeply in the morning to reduce evaporation. Avoid watering at night or getting any water on the plant itself.
Fertilization once in spring.
Deadhead (or remove) withered flowers after flowering.
Needs excellent drainage in pots