Echinacea – Hardy perennial

Usually regarded as a purple-pink spe­cies of the Rudheckia genus; in catalogues it will be found under that name.

Situation:

Excellent border plant. The colour lends itself to combination with others.

Soil:

Requires normally manured garden soil.

Propagation:

Preferably by division, as seedlings often produce less attractive colours.

Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea: Height 60-100 cm; flowering season late to mid autumn. The florets are purple pink to crim­son, at first horizontal, but soon drooping slightly. The central disc is very dark, almost black. The stems are round, roughly haired; they bear the leaves and rarely branch. The leaves are long-stemmed, elongated oval in shape, sharply toothed and rough to the touch. ‘The King’ is a well known garden form.

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