Purple Cone Flower

Grower's Comments: A wonderful plant that is easy to grow

3 to 4 feet; may need staking

USDA Zone 3 to USDA Zone 8

Slinder, alternate.

Beautiful 'sunflower' shaped, matures with recuvered. petals

Perennial, not evergreen

Can be dead headed to increase blooming

None note

  Drought Tolerant
  Full Sun
  Poor Soil


Native Americans used the related species Echinacea angustifolia for a wide variety of problems, including respiratory infections and snakebite.



Echinacea, popularly known as cone flower, has created a sensation among those who like to dabble in herbal health. German medical studies have proven that echinacea does indeed boost the immune system, and is useful in treating a number of common ailments. The good news for gardeners is that echinacea is not only useful, it's also a beautiful addition to your perennial beds and borders, and is hardy even in very cold climates. The only thing echinacea can be somewhat fussy about is too much moisture. It likes a fairly dry soil, and should never have to sit very long with it's roots in wet, soggy soil. Echinacea plants are good about self sowing as long as you leave a few of the last flowers to dry up naturally. When weeding the garden in spring, watch for tiny cone flower seedlings. They can be nurtured where they are, but since Mother Nature doesn't always plant her seeds exactly where we want them, you will probably want to move them to a better location. Re-printed from Garden Guides