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|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|PlantHeight||15 in - 18 in|
|PlantWidth||20 in - 24 ft|
|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|
Echinacea Germination Information
How to Sow Echinacea:
- For best results, sow indoors covering the seeds with four times their thickness in soil
- Maintain a temperature of 70-75° F during germination
- Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days
- If started early, Echinacea will bloom the first year.
- Sow outdoors anytime in spring or summer, up to two months before first fall frost
- When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
How to Grow Echinacea:
Spacing: Plant in spring or fall, 18-24 inches apart, in full sun or partial shade, and in deep, welldrained, humus-rich soil
Additional Care: Deadhead to promote continued blooming. The plants are drought-tolerant
Appearance and Use:
Coneflowers are popular and easy-to-grow sources of cut flowers for beds and borders. The plants may also have medicinal value. Large, daisy-like blooms, up to 4 inches across, with prominent, cone-like dark purple centers and lavender orange, yellow, or white petals that may droop downward. The blooms are held on stiff, 2- to 8- foot stems arising from May to June. Clumps of green foliage, 4-8 inches long, grow up to 2 feet wide. Shown 2.0x actual size
Pronunciation: e-ki-na’shå per-per-e’å
Origination: Asteraceae; native to North America
Common Name: Purple Coneflower
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