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Purple Coneflowers Echinacea seeds produce plants that are long-blooming from July to October.
At home as a border feature or in the vegetable garden. Bright mauve-pink petals surrounding a distinctive rich plum center cone. Pick petals and add to tea. Dig up roots at the end of summer or in the early fall, clean well, dry and use for tea.
Sow 5mm (¼") deep. May bloom in the first year if planted in early March, but it’s their third year that is really spectacular. These perennial coneflowers attract hoverflies and parasitoid wasps, so they’re useful for pest control in companion plantings. Echinacea plants are sturdy and drought tolerant once established, so they are useful in xeriscaping.
Plant height to 80cm (32"). Perennial
To learn more about Echinacea, it’s uses, medicinal benefits and how to grow and brew your own delicious cup of tea, check out my book, "Tea Gardening for Beginners”. It was released on July 26, 2022, published by Rockridge Press, a division of Callisto Media. Signed copies are available through my shop here.
For specific planting dates in your area, check out my Seed Starting Calculator. It will help you to plan for your first to last seed sowings of the year.
Packet: 1g (approximately 240 seeds)
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