• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Bright Summer Flowers
    Summer through Early Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ek-i-NAY-see-a per-PU-ree-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer through Early Fall
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasConeflowers are ideal for the middle of the perennial border. They grow quickly to fill out foundation plantings and break up long fence lines. Particularly charming against split rail fences, they are a country garden staple. These plants are remarkably drought resistant which makes them compatible with many grasses for a mixed meadow or prairie composition. Their breeding also makes these prime cutting flowers. As North American natives they are great choices for meadow and wild garden perennial color.
    Companion PlantsCatmint (Nepeta); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Salvia (Salvia); Aster (Aster); Sedum (Sedum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Requires well-drained, fertile soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Remove spent blooms to prolong flowering season. Prune back old foliage and apply fertilizer in early spring before new growth emerges.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    This is a new cultivar of the perennial native to a huge range across the middle of North American prairies. The genus and species were classified by German botanist Konrad Monech in the latter 18th century. He chose the name from the Greek for hedgehog, alluding to the sharp pointed bracts of the seed receptacle. This particular species was originally classified by Linnaeus as a member of genus Rudbeckia, and incorrectly by Nathaniel Britton of the New York Botanical gardens as Brauneria. It is an important wildlife habitat plant used as a medicinal among the Plains Indians to treat snake bite and has newfound prominence as a nutritional supplement. Ruby Star was bred by Coen Jansen in Hanover Germany and introduced by Jiletto Seeds in 2000.


Ring the Dinner Bell: Grow a Pollinator Border
Would you love a gloriously colorful and long-blooming border that's also a buffet for pollinators of all types? It's not that difficult to create a habitat in your own backyard...
More Blog Posts >