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FutureStarrPurple Coneflower Perennialor
This desirable perennial comes from poor, dry conditions and it is usually found by streams, marshes, and wetlands. It's primary food source is from the phytoplankton in the water, and it blooms in late spring or early summer. The flower itself is purple, and its leaves are arranged alternately on the stem.If you enjoy watching pollinators buzzing and flitting around beautiful, hassle-free flowers that bloom for a long time, coneflowers are a must-grow. While purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are the most common, you’ll also find lots of new varieties of coneflowers in an array of happy colors, like pink, yellow, orange, red, and white. They don’t just delight for a season, either, as these are perennial flowers that will come back year after year.
To create an ideal environment for coneflower roots to grow strong, improve your native in-ground soil by mixing 3 inches of Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers in with the top 6 inches of existing soil. This rich, nutrient-filled garden soil has Moisture Control® technology, which helps protect plants during those times when they accidentally get too much—or too little—water. Plus, when you use Miracle-Gro® soil and plant food (and follow all the directions), you’ll get up to triple the flowers over the growing season (vs. unfed)—so be sure to check out the "How to Feed Coneflowers" section below. Just planting one coneflower? Dig a hole and blend garden soil with the soil you just dug up in a 50:50 ratio.Coneflowers have strong stems to go along with their big flowerheads, so they rarely need to be staked.
If you do find yourself with floppy plants, though, push a sturdy stake into the soil near the center of the plant (but not through the plant), then loop twine loosely around both the stake and the individual stems. Or, you can purchase a circular stake intended for clumping flowers. Either way, you want the end result to look natural, not like there’s a belt cinched tight around the plant’s middle.36" tall x 24" wide. Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is a favorite wildflower that blooms heavily for many weeks in late summer. Echinacea purpurea is invaluable for brightening the garden in the dog days of summer. Purple Coneflower is easily grown in a wide range of soil types, it also grows well in clay. Echinacea is a superb companion plant for a wide range of perennials including lavender, Phlox 'David', and Golden Rod. It is highly attractive to butterflies. (seed propagated) Leave standing over winter to provide seeds for birds. Cut back in mid-spring (Source: www.highcountrygardens.com)