Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench

Eastern Purple Coneflower

In bloom

In bloom


Family: Compositae

Genus: Echinacea

Category: Perennial

Zones: 3 to 8

Size: 2 to 3' tall, 2' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Purple flowers in summer. The center of the flower is brown with pink to purple petals radiating from it. Leaves are dark green, lance-shaped, serrated, to 8" long with short hairs. No need for additional fertilizer. May naturalize. Good cut flowers. Attract butterflies. Japanese Beetle may be a problem. Deadheading encourages rebloom although most will rebloom without. Heat and humidity tolerant, also drought tolerant and will grow in poor soils.


'Pink Poodle' - PP#19428 - large pink flowers, upright

'Green Jewel' - PP#18678 - light green ray florets

'Rubinglow' - deep pink ray florets


Published in Methodus (Moench) 591 in 1794.

Basionym Rudbeckia purpurea L. - Linnaeus cites Catesby's Natural History Volume II Plate 59.

Native to the central US.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 4" pot from Santa Rosa in April 2011 and planted it in the One of Everything garden in front. It was not doing well so I moved it to the perennial garden and it flourished for a while but died out in early summer 2012.

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