Echinacea purpurea create an impressive display of daisy-like blooms with their incredibly vibrant petals radiating around a central cone, giving them their common name ‘coneflower’. Always a popular addition to plant in beds, borders and even pots because of their easy-going habits.
- Available in vibrant shades of pink, orange, yellow, red and green but mostly known for the purple shades
- Long flowering period from June through to September
- Extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and birds
- Very easy to grow as they tolerate most soils in a sunny position (except very dry)
- Their stems are very sturdy meaning they won’t need staking
- Excellent as cut or dried flowers
Top tip – in Autumn, leave faded seedheads on the plant – birds will enjoy feasting on them and the cone silhouettes add interest in the winter months.
Not only does Echinacea make a fantastic garden plant, some species are also widely used for medicinal purposes (pallida, angustifolia and purpurea, however purpurea varieties are considered more ornamental). During the 18th and 19th century Echinacea was widely used as a herbal medicine to cure wounds and infections. Today, people around the world use products that contain Echinacea to support the treatment of a range of illnesses, especially the common cold, flu, and other upper respiratory infections, mainly because some antibiotics don’t work as well as they used to against certain bacteria.
We stock many varieties at Coolings in a rainbow of colours and we even have some fantastic Echinacea plants of our own blooming in Arthurs garden this season, take a look next time you visit The Gardener’s Garden Centre.
Pictured below: Echinacea ‘Sensation Pink’ and Echinacea ‘Glowing Dream’ in Arthurs garden.