Hybrid Coneflower Care

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Coneflowers (echinacea), especially the purple coneflower, are popular for borders and wildflower gardens. Recent hybrids have introduced orange, pink, yellow, red and white versions, in a wide range of heights. Like the original species, the hybrids are easy to care for. All are hardy to zone 4 and many to zone 3. Hybrid Coneflower Care…


Coneflower Species

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Nine species of Echinacea coneflowers are native to the United States, but purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea, is the only variety that is widely cultivated. Several different Echinacea cultivars are commercially available. Identification Coneflowers are perennial herbaceous plants with long, narrow leaves and prominent orange or yellowish-brown cones in the center, surrounded by narrow, elongated…


How to Divide a Purple Coneflower

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Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is an old-fashioned perennial bloomer with bright daisy-like blooms with distinctive, dark purple centers. Drought- and heat-tolerant, purple coneflower isn’t fussy, and once established, will decorate your garden from early summer until autumn for many years. Purple coneflower benefits from division when the center of the plant outgrows its boundaries, or…


What Is a Coneflower?

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The term "coneflower" refers to the common name of species belonging to the botanical genus Echinacea. Coneflowers have protruding, prickly centers and daisy-like petals that come in a range of colors. The petals tend to droop slightly downward, combining with the center of the flower to give the entire flower head a conelike shape. As…


Purple Coneflower Reproductive Methods

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With Echinachea purperia, or purple coneflower, being prized for its medicinal purposes and value as a top pollinator in a butterfly garden, it is no wonder that some states, such as North Carolina, consider this wildflower to be an endangered species. With constant harvesting of this herbaceous perennial, the numbers of purple coneflower patches found…


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