The original purple coneflower is wildly attractive to butterflies. Grows in zones 3-8 and can get up to 5-feet tall. It has purplish-pink blossoms from June to August. One of the most potent varieties for medicine.
Medicinally, you can use the entire echinacea plant. While you lose some of the potency, you can dry the whole plant to preserve it for later use. Hang it in a covered, well-ventilated spot or place in a dehydrator to dry. You can also use all parts of the plant fresh to make tea or tinctures.
Comes with planting instructions
Minimum 50 Seeds
- SPROUTS IN 20 DAYS
- IDEAL TEMP 65-85F
- SEED DEPTH 1/4TH – 1 INCH
- PLANT SPACING 24′ APART
- FROST HARDY NO
- MIN FULL SUN 8-12 HRS
Sow weeds at one-fourth to 1-inch deep. They’ll take about 20 days to sprout. The ideal soil temperature is about 68°F, and the soil should be relatively moist.
Once seedlings have grown to about 3-inches tall, thin them and harden them off for a week before putting them outside. Transplant when the danger of frost is passed and soil is at least 60°F.
Soil and Sun Requirements
Echinacea requires soil with a neutral pH, around 6.0-7.0, and a fresh scoop of compost won’t hurt right before planting. Coneflowers can survive in dry, rocky soil, but given a choice, it prefers fertile, humus-rich, well-drained earth.