Purple Coneflower - 30 seeds

Purple Coneflower - 30 seeds


Purple Coneflowers - Blacksamson echinacea- are quintessential prairie plants. They are hardy, drought-tolerant and long-blooming.
Most coneflowers will grow well just about anywhere, zones 3-9.
Size will vary, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Most will fall in the broad range of 2 - 4 ft. tall by 16 - 24 inches wide.

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Most coneflowers grown in gardens prefer a neutral soil pH of about 6.5 to 7.0.
The seeds germinate best with some cold stratification. The easiest route would be to sow them outdoors in the fall, either in the ground or winter sow in pots. If you are going to start seed indoors, simulate the chilling period by soaking the seeds in water and then placing the slightly damp seed in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 8 - 10 weeks. Then take them out and plant as you normally would. They should germinate within 10 - 14 days.

Coneflowers are often listed as drought tolerant, but they will do much better with regular water.
Coneflowers tend to spread rapidly, forming large, wonderful swathes.