Echinacea - Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea - Echinacea purpurea

$4.00Price

30 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.

 

Better known for its medicinal qualities Echinacea makes an excellent cut flower. This is a perennial plant for North America. It is both frost and drought tolerant growing to around 90cm. Space plants at 40cm in any average, well drained, slightly acidic soil. Water plants regularly for best results, keeping the leaves as dry as possible. Leave seed heads intact over winter to feed birds and provide shelter for beneficial insects. These plants look stunning planted with ornamental grasses, globe thistles and perennial sedums.


Sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out after the last frost. Seeds can also be direct sown in early spring or early autumn. Seeds need light to germinate, so do not cover the seeds or use only a light sprinkling of vermiculite. Keep moist but not wet. Seeds germinate at 21-25C. Germination should occur in 10-21 days. Echinacea should bloom in the first year.

 

Also known as Purple Coneflower.