Here’s a flower that is a true Native American! Perennial Coneflower plants are hardy prairie plants that are easy to grow and require little care. Use this guide to learn “How to Grow Coneflowers”. Then, buy some Coneflower seeds and get growing this beautiful American flower.
If you are looking to attract butterflies and birds, you found the right flower. Not only are these flowers eye-catching to humans, but birds and butterflies like them too. The plants are deer resistant.
Try growing Coneflowers in perennial gardens, as borders, in rock gardens, and even in containers on your balcony or deck.
Your Coneflowers will make great cut flowers, as they grow on sturdy stems, and are long-lasting in a vase.
Being a prairie plant, it should come as no surprise to discover that Coneflowers are drought resistant.
Flowers Bloom: June through to the first Fall frost.
Flower Colors: Colors include red, gold, mauve, white, and purple.
Plant Height: 2 – 3 feet. Some varieties grow up to 5 feet tall.
Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9.
Perennial, Eichinacea Purpurea
Coneflower is grown from seed. Directly sow Coneflower seeds into your flower garden. They can also be spread around a field to grow like wildflowers.
Sow Coneflower seeds early in the season and cover with 1/4″ of garden soil. Space seeds or seedlings 12-18″ apart.
Coneflowers are also separated by division of established plants. It is best to separate and re-plant clumps in the spring.
Days to Germination: 15 – 20 days.
Coneflower plants are very easy to grow. They prefer full sun.
They will do well in almost any soil that is well-draining. The plants tolerate dry soil conditions very well.
Watering them during dry periods will help.
Add a general-purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
The plants will form many branches. Prune dead leaves and branches as necessary.
Encourage new blooms by removing all dead flowers. See Deadheading Flowers.
Once your Coneflower plants are established, they will grow well and bloom from midsummer until frost. Some varieties will not bloom until the second year.
Being very hardy, they will likely survive the first light frosts before going dormant for the winter. These hardy plants do not require mulching or protection in the winter.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.5 – 7.0.
Plant Problems – causes and cures
Coneflower is resistant to insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.