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Echinacea purpurea, commonly known as Purple Coneflower, is a beautiful native herbaceous perennial that is found in many parts of North America. It is a member of the Asteraceae family and is closely related to other Coneflowers such as Echinacea pallida and Echinacea angustifolia.
The plant is characterized by its sturdy, upright stems that can reach a height of up to 4 feet, with a spread of up to 2 feet. It produces large, daisy-like flowers that have a distinctive cone-shaped center, hence the name Coneflower. The flowers are typically pink, purple, or white in color, and appear from mid-summer to early fall.
Echinacea purpurea is a hardy plant that is easy to care for, making it a great choice for beginner gardeners. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil that is not too wet or too dry. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. Once established, the plant is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering.
This native plant is also a great choice for gardeners who are looking to attract pollinators to their garden, as the flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Additionally, Echinacea purpurea has been used for centuries by Native Americans for its medicinal properties, and is commonly used today in herbal remedies for its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects.
Overall, Echinacea purpurea is a beautiful and versatile plant that is sure to add charm and beauty to any garden or landscape. Its large, colorful flowers, long blooming period, low-maintenance nature, and value to pollinators make it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.
Bloom Time July-September