Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ or 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.
Purple cone flower 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 kill the plant. If you remove spent blooms you will encourage flowering through early fall. The purple coneflower should be divided in the spring about every 4 years.
Pests and Diseases
Purple coneflower is subject to leaf spot. Japanese beetles may also be a problem in areas that have this insect.
Purple coneflower may be planted in the middle of a perennial border or in naturalized areas. It may be used for cut flowers. It will tolerate dry conditions.
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
Tolerates: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Great Color Partners: Lavender, rose, gold
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