Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Size

Height - 3 feet

Width - 1.5 feet

Sun

Full sun to part shade

Plant Type

Native perennial

Other common names

Echinacea,

Eastern Purple Coneflower

BLOOMING
MONTHS

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Save Water   Low to medium water required
 
More Color   Large pinkish purple flowers from spring until fall
 
 
Attract Wildlife   Bees and butterflies love the flowers
 
Reduce Maintenance   Shear back in early spring to encourage blooms
 
Texas Tough    Drought tolerant and blooms almost year round

Interesting Facts

Different colors of coneflower can sometimes be found at the nursery, but the purple coneflower is the only native variation.  The purple coneflower is best, compared to other colors, for attracting honey bees, bumble bees and butterflies.  If flowers are left standing during the winter, the seeds are a food source for birds.  Shearing back in early spring encourages healthier, bushier growth.  Regular dead-heading helps create lots of blooms year round, but it is optional.  If the flowers are brewed to form a tea, it is considered a mild antibiotic.  The medicinal properties of this plant were said to be disovered by Native Americans who noticed elk seeking the plant out and consuming it when sick or wounded.

Purple Coneflower in Frisco