Coneflower, Purple Coneflower Echinacea Seeds - (Echinacea purpurea)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 100 seeds per pack
- Days to Germination:
- 10-21 days @ 65-70F
- Light Preference:
- Full sun or light shade
- Soil Requirements:
- Well-drained rich soil
- Plant Spacing:
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Purple Coneflower Echinacea
A native perennial to eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. Well adapted to almost any growing situation.
Usually 2 - 3' tall, the single flower heads have purple petals and a raised, spiny center cone that is actually the seed head with sharp spines that resemble a stiff comb. One of the very best butterfly attractants, it thrives in full sun or light shade and blooms heavily from July through September. Tolerates clay soils but thrives in well-drained soils. Tolerates both heat and drought.
Coneflowers repel deer – they aren’t very attracted to the taste or prickly heads.
Echinacea is valued as a short-term stimulant to the immune system, especially as a preventative at the onset of colds and flu, or to reduce the symptoms and duration of cold and flu infections.
The blooms bring in butterflies such as Painted Lady, Monarch, and Fritillary; with honeybees and native bees also loving its sweet nectar. Later on, small songbirds flock in looking to snack on the dried seeds in late summer and early fall.