Rosy purple blooms with large dark centers. Blooms up to 8 in. on tall vigorous plants. Blooms first year. Super for cuts. .A popular perennial with smooth, 2-5 ft. stems and long-lasting, rosey purple flowers. Rough, scattered leaves that become small toward the top of the stem. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and have domed, purplish-brown, spiny centers and drooping, lavender rays. An attractive perennial with purple (rarely white), drooping rays surrounding a spiny, brownish central disk Winter hardy to zone 4.
Tips on How to Grow Echinacea (Coneflower)
When to start outside:
- Sow in early spring, cover seed with 1/8" soil 3-4 weeks before average last frost. Germination 10-20 days.
- Maintain a temperature of 70-75° F during germination
- Can plant as late as 2 months before first fall frost.
- If started early, Echinacea will bloom the first year.
When to start inside:
- Sow 8 weeks before average last frost.It may take up to 2 months to germinate (May bloom 1st year if started indoors.)
- Sow outdoors anytime in spring or summer, up to two months before first fall frost
- Photoperiod response: intermediate-day plant will flower most rapidly and uniformly at 13-14 hours daylength.
- Vernalization: not required but beneficial as flowering will occur two to three weeks earlier following a minimum of ten weeks cold treatment.
- Flower timing: Sown in January as Spring production will flower naturally in middle to late June. Sown from July to early September for overwinter production; will flower late May to early June of the following year