This perennial is a beautiful addition to any garden. Its deep purple-pink blooms are sure to catch the eye of anyone passing by. The flowers are large, measuring 3-4 inches in diameter and are perched atop stiff, well-branched stems. It also attracts butterflies, making it a valuable addition to any garden ecosystem.
Pictures from Walters Gardens Inc.
sun, part sun
18"-24" inches tall
summer, early fall
Coneflowers like it sunny and hot. Though they will tolerate light shade, fewer flowers will be produced and the plants will be weakened. Light, loamy soils are best but coneflowers will grow in any well-drained soil. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant.
Trim to ground in late fall after several frosts. Deadhead before seeds mature to prevent seedlings.