- Coneflower - Echinacea Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Sun, Light Shade Mature Height - Up to 8' Mature Width- 1-2' Bloom Season – Summer Gardener Status- Beginner (Easy Care, Low Maintenance)
Coneflower Plant - Echinacea
Also known as Echinacea, the Coneflower Plant is a native of North America. The cheerful flowers have petals that hang down from the center and come in a wide variety of colors such as yellow, white, orange, and pink. This hearty, low-maintenance perennial has beneficial properties of boosting the immune system and is often used as a tea to fight off colds.
Coneflowers are some of the most recognizable wildflowers due to their upright stature and their bright white, pink, purple, or yellow petal array. The central portion of the flower is brown and erect, making it appear cone-like. They do well in hot, dry environments that other flowers, particularly greenhouse cultured annuals, are not likely to withstand. Echinacea is perennial plants so that gardeners can plan on their return year after year. Though they die back in winter, they re-emerge in spring and gain their full potential by summer. Their lower leaves are oval and dark green. These same stems make them well suited for floral arrangements. Many gardeners grow them to use them as cut flowers. They do well in full sun to part shade, so avoid growing them against the side of a house or substantial fence. Their growth rate is moderate, which means that they will provide you with color later in the growing season. Mature plants do not require much watering or fertilizer and are capable of withstanding heat and drought. They grow best in light, well-draining soil that is kept suitably moist. The best time to plant Echinacea is in the fall. This gives the roots time to settle in over the winter before the start of the growing season. During the early spring the plants require the most moisture, but once they are blooming, they do not need as much water. Consider tearing out sections of a sun-burnt lawn and establishing a bed of these flowers. They will retain color throughout the summer months, attract pollinators and add to your home's appearance.