• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 18 to 20 in. tall, 18 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Big, Bold Blooms
    Blooms:
    Late Spring through Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ek-in-AY-shee-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 18 to 20 in. tall, 18 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring through Fall
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThe quintessential component of the American meadow and prairie garden. Blend with grasses or nestle into stream bed banks at boulders for a wild garden composition. A valuable late-season bloomer for the traditional perennial border. Superior pick-me-up for tired foundation planting. Equally well-suited to casual country gardens along picket fences or in mixed borders. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.
    Companion PlantsRussian Sage (Perovskia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Salvia (Salvia); Catmint (Nepeta)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Requires well-drained, fertile soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, prefers regular water but tolerates periodic 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: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Echinacea purpurea, the parent of all contemporary hybrids is a native of the American prairie. Echinacea root was discovered by Native Americans within its range for healing properties. In recent years science has confirmed that the root contains chemicals that stimulate the immune system. Coneflowers are part of the American prairie plant communities and are a well documented bird habitat plant.The genus name Echinacea is derived from the Greek word (echino), meaning "spiny", due to the spiny central disk.