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Growing Coneflowers

Growing Coneflowers

Green Jewel Echinacea



Coneflowers are popular, hardy North American native perennials. New varieties have been developed by hybridizing several Echinacea species to expand the available color range. All are excellent butterfly and pollinator plants and make good cut flowers. Most varieties are hardy in zones 3 to 9, but some hybrids are more tender.

How To Grow

Plant potted Coneflower so that roots are slightly deeper than when in the pot. Some types can be started from seed by sowing directly in the garden after the last spring frost or indoors 10 to 12 weeks earlier. Plant seed 1/16 to 1/8 inch deep and maintain it at 70 to 75 degrees. Expect germination in 10 to 20 days.


For full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil. Plants are moderately drought-tolerant once established. Deadheading prolongs bloom. Birds feed on the seed if stems are left on plants in fall. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from regular fertilization. Use full rates of ALGOplus Flowering Plant 4-6-7 liquid fertilizer, Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1, or Osmocote slow-release 14-14-14.

Common Problems

Usually not seriously damaged by pests. Aphids, Japanese beetles, and mites sometimes attack plants. Powdery mildew disease is an occasional problem. Rabbits sometimes feed on plants.

Alternative Products

Other North American native perennials include Anise Hyssop (02418), Butterfly Plant, and Coreopsis.

Product Recommendations

Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew can be used to treat insect problems. Diseases can be managed with 70% neem oil.

Coneflower Facts

Herbal tea and root tincture made from Coneflower are used as an immune system booster to fight colds.



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