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Echinacea spp.

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size




2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Coneflower Overview

Echinacea is a small genus of approximately 10 hardy perennial herbaceous species, native to East and Central North America. They typically grow in prairie land or open forest habitats and are commonly known as coneflowers. This name is for the shape of their flowerheads, they petals tend to face downwards, creating a characteristic cone shape. The genus Echinacea is named after the Greek word for hedgehog, echinos, due to the prickly appearance of the centre of its flowers. The flowers resemble those of daisies and these plants have been widely grown for use in gardens. Flowers are most commonly pink, white or yellow but cultivation has resulted in a wide range of available colours.

Common problems with Coneflower

How to propagate Coneflower


Propagate by division in autumn or spring, trying not to disturb the roots too much.


Insert root cuttings from late autumn to early spring.

Special features of Coneflower

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Coneflower

Ornamental, borders, medicinal

Flowers to Sow or Plant Under Cover in March

Sow these seeds and pot up these tubers to get an early start on the year.

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