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Purple Cone Flower: Dramatic Pink Lavender, Daisy Like Flowers


Purple Cone Flower: Dramatic Pink Lavender, Daisy Like Flowers

Purple Coneflower

Photo Compliments of Elvert Barnes

Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, more commonly called purple coneflower, or purple coneflower ‘Magnus’ produces large flowers that cover this deciduous perennial from mid-summer to early fall. It is a gorgeous, bold, sturdy perennial that stands out in the late summer garden with dramatic daisy-like flowers and a large orange, cone-shaped center.

The popularity of this perennial is due to the long flowering period as well as how easy it is to use in combination with other late season delights. The rich colors play well off of paler hues, like the fine white streaked foliage of Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’. You can also add it to the colors in the herbaceous border. It is an excellent combination plant with hardy geraniums, tall campanulas and asters.

How To Make Your Purple Coneflower Thrive

Purple cone flowers thrive in full sun and rich sandy, to well-drained soil. Light shade will enhance the rich colors of the petals in hot weather. Once the plant is established it then only needs occasional watering during dry weather. Although it can tolerate clay, very wet winters can rot out the crown and severely damage, or even kill the plant. If you remove spent blooms you will encourage flowering through early fall (my coneflowers bloom into late September…Zone 8 garden). Your purple coneflower should be divided in the spring about every 4 years.

General Purple Coneflower Information

Pests and Diseases

This plant can be subjected to leaf spot. Japanese beetles may also be a problem in areas that have this insect.

Propagation

It is easy to propagate coneflowers from seed.  To grow Echinacea from seed, cut a stalk with a spent flower, enclose the flower in a paper bag and hang the plant upside down.  Seeds will be released into the bag when they are ready. Separate the seeds from the chaff, dry them for a few weeks, and then store them in a cool dry place. The seeds are best when used in less than a year but they remain viable for at up to 7 years.

It is also possible to propagate using basal stem cuttings. Take 4 to 6 inch cuttings in the spring and treat with a rooting compound.

Garden Uses

Plant in the middle of a perennial border or in naturalized areas. It may be used for cut flowers.

Additional Information

  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Plant Height: 3 foot
  • Plant Width: 18 inches
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: June to August
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 8
  • Light Exposure: Full sun
  • Water Requirements: Occasional watering during dry weather
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Attracts: Butterflies
  • Tolerates: Deer, drought, clay soil, dry soil, shallow-rocky soil

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4 Comments

  1. That’s a gorgeous looking flower
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  2. The purple coneflower is one of the great plants in any garden. And of course, now it comes in amazing forms as well as the classic pink.
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