Grown for their tall, showy, purple blooms, coneflowers, or Echinacea purpea, are a perennial flower that grow to a height of 2 to 4 feet tall. Loved by flower aficionados and butterflies alike, coneflowers can be found in meadows, along walkways, edging flower beds or dressing up a butterfly garden. Along with their beauty, coneflowers are often grown for their medicinal purposes — echinacea is used in many herbal extracts. To keep coneflowers healthy, they need to have the right amount of moisture.
things you’ll need:
- Watering can or water hose
- Water coneflowers with 1 to 2 inches of water once a week for the first 6 weeks after they are planted. This practice will allow their root systems to grow strong and become developed.
- Allow the soil to dry between waterings once the plants’ roots have developed.
- Water the coneflowers at the base of the plant at the soil line, avoiding getting the foliage wet. Water until the soil is saturated.
- Water coneflowers every two weeks in dry summer months. If your growing area has received enough rain to moisten the soil, coneflowers should not need any extra watering.
Tips & Warnings
Do not overwater coneflowers once the roots are established. According to Ron Smith, horticulturalist for North Dakota State University Extension, nothing will ruin a coneflower plant faster than too much water.
Never make homemade herbal preparations with purple coneflower unless you have studied with an herbalist.