Echinacea purpurea | Coneflower Seed
$3.85 – $27.00 AUD excl gst
Common purple coneflower
The easiest echinacea to grow, germinates without stratification. Vigorous plants with large, purple-petaled flowers. Fibrous roots are easy to harvest (other species have tap-roots). Attracts and is a food source for bees. Also known as purple coneflower and eastern purple coneflower. Ht. 60-90cm. Normally grown for 3 to 4 years for harvest of sizeable roots. Perennial in Zones 3 and 10. Avg. 260 seeds/gram
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-15 days at 18-21C.
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 8-10 weeks before planting outside. Transplant into cell packs or larger containers after the first true leaves appear, 30-40 days after sowing the seed. Harden off and transplant outside in late spring or early summer.
Direct seed: Sow in spring when soil is warm 18C. Sow in groups of 3-4 seeds, 3mm deep. Thin to one plant. Sow in the autumn to allow the oscillating temperatures and natural rain to stimulate germination.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. Will tolerate partial shade.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average, well-drained soil.
PLANT SPACING: 45-60cm. Division is necessary only when the plants appear crowded.
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 3-10.
HARVEST: Fresh: For harvesting the flower, harvest when the petals are expanding. For harvesting the cone, harvest when the cone is raised and has turned golden.
Dried: Harvest when the cone is raised and has turned golden. Petals strip most easily at this point. After removing petals, hang to dry.
USES: Cut flower. Seed heads can be used fresh or dried. For beds, borders, mass, or wildflower plantings.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Echinacea spp.
ALTERNATE NAMES: Coneflower, purple coneflower, eastern purple coneflower
- Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea.
- Days To Maturity: 300-365 Days
- Open pollinated