Echinacea – Hardy perennial

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


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


Requires normally manured garden soil.


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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