We planted many of the new Echinacea varieties side by side at our nursery to compare them, and the resulting patchwork of colorful blooms, seemingly floating at various heights, garnered many compliments. Create your own version with our economical collection of five different Coneflowers, one plant of each, chosen by us from the varieties we offer.
Please note: So plants may properly establish before winter, we recommend early fall planting of Echinacea in colder zones (Zone 5 and lower).
Echinacea, a North American genus in the Daisy family, has big, bright flowers that appear in late June and keep coming into September. Plants thrive in average soils or hot, dry conditions, shrug off cold, and are equally at home in full sun or partial shade. Blooms last well as cut or dried flowers, and the large cone at the heart of the flower head turns black as the seeds mature, adding further interest and providing nourishment for goldfinches. Purple Coneflower, E. purpurea, is a rugged species native from Iowa and Ohio south to Louisiana and Georgia, and is a great garden plant everywhere in between.