Echinacea purpurea. Echinacea grows as a warm season perennial and flowering herb native to Eastern North America.
These wild flowers are popular, as fuschia-colored petals bloom on slender green stems reaching 4’ tall! Echinacea has been used as medicine for centuries to help aid colds, cases of flu, and even treat skin irritations. As the root of Purple Echinacea can be harvested the following year, the leaves and sweet daisy-like flowers can be picked during its first season if planted early.
- Taxonomy: Echinacea purpurea
- Other Names: Purple Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower, Hedgehog Coneflower
- Seed Type: Perennial
Days to Maturity: 70–84 days
Planting Depth: Plant 2–3 seeds ¼” deep
- Plant Spacing: 24”
- Growth Habit: 36–48” tall bushy shrub with an 18 – 24” wide spread of well-branched 4–5” blooms
- Soil Preference: Average, loamy, well-drained
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Color: Soft rosy pink “daisy-like” petals and an orange-spiked cone center