Purple Emperor Coneflower
So Compact it Even Works in Containers!
At last, an Echinacea for those of us who have small garden spaces (or containers) but dream of big, beautiful Coneflower blooms! Purple Emperor sets huge magenta blooms around amber-chocolate cones. Very long-lasting, the flowers lighten as they mature, their tips turning a brighter shade of pink. Breathtaking in any setting, they lure butterflies, bees, and birds to the garden.
Far more compact than most other Coneflowers, Purple Emperor stands just 15 to 18 inches high and 12 to 16 inches wide. Every inch is packed with upright, strong stems and large, mid-green leaves, topped with blooms. This is a very dense plant, perfect for making the centerpiece of a mixed color bowl or creating a display in the sunny border. The blooms begin in early summer and continue all season, repeating if they are picked or deadheaded promptly. Leave the final flowers on the plant after the petals drop, however, so that the seed-filled cones will become an autumn feast for goldfinches and other songbirds.
Echinacea is one of the easiest and most beautiful of native plants. It stands up to heat and humidity, doesn't mind dry soil or a bit of drought, and is left alone by most diseases and pests, including nibbling deer and rabbits. It loves sun in all but the hottest climates, where it will tolerate some afternoon or dappled shade. Long-lived, it is a mainstay of the border, dependable season after season.
Coneflowers are simply a must-have in the garden, especially in a meadow setting, among wildflowers, or beside garden paths, where their beauty can be enjoyed up close. And Purple Emperor extends the display into containers that can be placed on the patio, deck, porch, or even the urban balcony! Be sure to cut some of the flowers for the vase, and to dry the cones for Everlastings. So lovely, so versatile, so long-lived! Zones 4-8.
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||15 in - 18 in|
|Plant Width||12 in - 16 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Native, Needs Deadheading, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Companions|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|