Spring Garden Tips

Purple Coneflower

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Botanical Name

Echinacea purpurea

Hardiness

Zones 3 to 9

Height

2 to 4 feet

Width

2 feet

Flowers

Summer to fall: purple, rose, white

Light

Full sun to light shade

Soil

Well-drained to dry (flop in rich soils or with excess fertilization)

Planting and Care

Space plants 24 inches apart, partially deadhead for aesthetics

Problems

Aster yellows, leaf spots, mosaic virus, Japanese beetle

Varieties to Consider

'Magnus' - PPY 1998, large flat, dark purple petals 'White Swan' - 2-3', white petals, less seedlings 'Kim's Knee High' - clear pink petals, shorter 'Tomato Soup - 5" tomato-red flowers, 3' plants, sturdy 'Mac 'n' Cheese' - 4.5" golden yellow flowers, 26", sturdy 'Big Sky' Series - sturdy stems; fragrant; oranges, pinks

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