Herbs Echinacea Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea

Seed

Product ID: 842

Common purple coneflower.

The easiest Echinacea to grow - germinates without stratification. Vigorous plants with large, purple-petaled flowers. Fibrous roots are easy to harvest (other species have taproots). Attracts and is a food source for bees. Also known as purple coneflower and eastern purple coneflower. Ht. 24-36". Normally grown for 3-4 years for harvest of sizeable roots. Perennial in Zones 3-10. Ht. 24-36". Avg. 7,700 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.

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$5.85
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$8.25
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$20.60
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$61.80
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$166.00
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$723.75
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Additional Information

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-15 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C).

SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 8-10 weeks before planting outside. Transplant into cell packs or larger containers after the first true leaves appear, 30-40 days after sowing the seed. Harden off and transplant outside in late spring or early summer.
Direct seed: Sow in spring when soil is warm, 65°F (18°C). Sow in groups of 3-4 seeds, 1/8" deep. Thin to one plant. Sow in the fall to allow the oscillating temperatures and natural rain to stimulate germination.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. Will tolerate partial shade.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average, well-drained soil.

PLANT SPACING:
18-24". Division is necessary only when the plants appear crowded.

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 3-10.

HARVEST: Fresh: For harvesting the flower, harvest when the petals are expanding. For harvesting the cone, harvest when the cone is raised and has turned golden.
Dried: Harvest when
the cone is raised and has turned golden. Petals strip easiest at this point. After removing petals, hang to dry.

USES: Cut flower. Seed heads can be used fresh or dried. For beds, borders, mass, or wildflower plantings.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Echinacea purpurea
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
300 - 365 Days
Life Cycle
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Perennial
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
Product Features
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Ideal for Drying and Crafts