Native to dry North American prairies, this long-blooming perennial flourishes in Puget Sound gardens. Also called coneflower, Echinacea’s conical center is a collection of spiky, leaf-like bracts and tiny flowers. Its name comes from the Greek word ekhinos, meaning hedgehog.
- Blooms June to October
- Drought-tolerant, pest resistant
- Flowers attract pollinators
- Seeds attract goldfinches & other native birds
Echinacea needs at least five hours of full sun daily. Compost, mulch and organic matter is all the fertilizer coneflowers need. Deadhead regularly for most blooms. Plants can be divided or grown from stem cuttings. Though drought tolerant, water weekly if it’s dry.
Echinacea is rich in nectar and is popular with bees and butterflies when blooming, and birds when it goes to seed. We carry more than 20 varieties, including: