Coneflower (Echinacea)

Echinacea 'Razzmatazz'
Echinacea ‘Razzmatazz’

Zones: 3 – 9
Light: Sun
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 24″ to 48″
Spread: 24″ to 36″

Coneflower (Echinacea) is an easy-to-grow perennial that thrives in full sun and blooms all summer long which may be why so many gardeners love it.

Purple coneflower

They are heat- and drought-tolerant, attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and will grow in pretty much any soil conditions.

Deer will leave them alone, unless they are really hungry. Although the rabbits seem to like them.

Echinacea pallida
Echinacea pallida

There are so many different colors and flower forms that you are sure to find one (or more) that you like.

While Coneflower is usually listed as a summer-blooming plant, I am always able to get a second round of flowers in the fall by chopping the plants off after the first round of blooms is finished. They are usually looking pretty scraggly at that point anyway, so the pruning makes the garden look better, too!

One note:  Echinacea do tend to self seed. So you may need to pull out a few plants if you find them growing where you don’t want them.

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