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Purple Cone Flower

Purple Coneflower

Photo Compliments of Elvert Barnes

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 Coneflower

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.

Garden Uses

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.

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

Great Color Partners: Lavender, rose, gold

Photo Search

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 Echinacea purpurea – Purple Coneflower

Plant portrait – Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

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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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