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Echinacea purpurea
Purple rose flowers throughout summer and into autumn. 100cm.

Echinacea purpurea


Echinacea purpurea is probably the most popular of the Echinaceas and is often seen in naturalistic prairie style plantings, as well as being a turn to plant, within your borders. Plants form a medium to tall clump of  dark-green leaves, these by by midsummer bear large daisy flowers with mauve-purple to rose-pink petals that surround an orange-brown central cone. Petals often droop down in an attractive way. Regular removing of the faded flowers will greatly increase the flowering period into autumn. However if left near the end of its flowering season the seedheads have good winter interest and are a source of feed for birds. They are also outstanding for cutting and attractive to butterflies and bees.

Plants are suitable for most soil types as long as not water logged and can be positioned in full sun or light shade.



image attribution Daniel Schwen

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