Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: most soils, except very dry or boggy
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large, deep reddish, daisy-like flowers with prominent dark orange centres are borne on stiff stems from July to September. The petals of this deep purple form of coneflower are more horizontal than the more popular species plant. It copes well with adverse weather conditions, has a long flowering season, and is attractive to bees and butterflies. A great choice for a sunny, well-drained, mixed or new perennial border.
- Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. In autumn, cut back all dead flower stems to the ground.
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I planted my Echinacea purpurea Magnuses last year but they didn't do well. I'm worried about them this year - when should they start showing and when do I need to start worrying if they're not?!?
Its mid April and I can't see anyhing as yet.Asked on 18/4/2016 by Gardencrazy from Twickenham
These are slow to start going in the spring, so I would give them another month or so - but do make sure the emerging foliage is protected from slugs and snails.Answered on 20/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
I am really keen to have this Echinacea Magnus but so far have had little luck. I bought one (from Crocus, of course) and planted it and it disappeared, so I bought another and that too has disappeared. I have been plagued by slugs and snails (using a brand of bird friendly slug pellets) and also vine weevil, the grubs of which destroyed my Tiarellas. Is the Echinacea particularly vulnerable to either the slugs or the vine weevil? I think they had enough sun and good compost soil and were watered regularly and fed weekly, so I'm looking for possible answers before I try one last time. Thanks in anticipation,
JillAsked on 7/4/2016 by Marchioness from Ramsgate
These plants are not particularly susceptible to vine weevils, but slugs love the fresh new growth, so you do have to watch out for these. Also, if you are having trouble getting your Echinaceas established, you should buy them before they are in flower and remove any flowerspikes that appear in the first year. This will help the plant direct its energies into producing a good root system, and that will result in a stronger plant in subsequent years.Answered on 8/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:Can I grow Echinacea in a pot? I inherited an already established garden when I moved house. The garden is only small and want to choose plants are easy to grow in pots on the patio but also encourage bees and butterflies. The patio gets quite alot of sun from morning into mid afternoon.
What suggestions can you make?
Thank you.Asked on 18/4/2015 by Wazzle from Yorkshire
The will grow well in pots, however I would restrict myself to the shorter cultivars.Answered on 21/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:My echinacea did not bush out at all last year. What can I do to encourage it to do so this year?
Many thanksAsked on 26/1/2014 by LauraH from Guildford
I can't be sure why your echinacea didn't 'fill out' but possibly it wasn't getting enough moisture,- they do like a moist, well drained soil, and we did have a hot summer. I would make sure it is watered regularly and fed with a general purpose fertiliser like Miracle-gro plant food.Answered on 28/1/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Is this plant edible?Asked on 1/3/2013 by none from Manchester
I would not advise eating this plant although extracts of Echinacea purpurea can be used for medicinal purposes. Hope this helps. Sarah.Answered on 1/3/2013 by Anonymous
Q:How many Echinaceas in a pot?
Hi, I want to buy Echinacea 'Kim's Knee High' and 'Kim's White Mop' - is there only one plant in a 2 ltr pot, and do you sell the corms separately? Thank youAsked on 29/12/2009 by Gordon White
A:Hello There, There will just be one plant per 2 or 3lt pot, but unfortunately these are not grown from corms. You can divide over-large clumps in autumn, but they tend to resent disturbance so it is best kept to a minimum. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 30/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Can I plant Echnicea in the autumn?
Dear Crocus, I have been looking for a plant called Echnicea purpurea 'Magnus', and I see that you have some on your website. Is now a good time of year to buy a plant, or is it better to wait until spring? If so I will order one now. Perhaps you could let me know. Many thanks. Yours, KateAsked on 2/10/2009 by P and K Kaye, York
A:Hello Kate, Autumn is a great time to plant these, unless you have very heavy or wet soil that does not dry out in winter - in which case you should wait until spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 5/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Thanks Helen, I will order one on line. Yours, KateAnswered on 5/10/2009 by P and K Kaye, York
Q:Whats wrong with my Echinacea?
Hello My newly planted Echinacea 'Harvest Moon' is alive, but is only about 6 inches tall and the leaves have curled up. What do you advise? Water? Food? Thank you RogerAsked on 24/6/2009 by Roger Parker
A:Hello Roger, I'm sorry to hear that you are having a few problems with your plants. Echinaceas like reliable moisture in summer, so I suspect yours may be a little too dry. If the soil was well prepared before planting, with lots of organic matter dug in, and the pH is relatively normal, all you need to do is make sure they are watered and fed with a general purpose fertiliser. I hope this helps, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 26/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Which plants are Deer proof?
I want a list of Deer proof plants please. It`s either a change in habitat or environment, but I get total devastation now and in the last two years they come up the drive.Asked on 3/2/2006 by david
A:Deer can be a real problem and deer proof plants are usually thorny, poisonous or simply taste awful, but it is hard to give a definitive list as you might get the odd deer with unusual tastes which might like the bitter taste! Below is a list of good plants that generally are quite successful though. Cornus varieties, Rhus, Sophora, Solanum, Berberis, Rosemary, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Ilex, Pyracantha, Garrya, Juniperus, Nandina, Elaeagnus, Aralia, Aucuba, Cortaderia, Yucca, Santolina, Hypericum, Myrtle, Vinca, Achillea, Digitalis, Echinacea and Dryopteris. Finally, fencing is one method to protect garden crops from deer. Since deer jump, you need an 8-foot fence for best results or stout chicken-wire fencing securely around smaller garden plots. Alternatively, fence the area with a thorny shrub, preferably something that will grow to at least 6 feet. Deer eat roses and some thorns but hawthorn, boxwood and holly will exclude them. Deer are also deterred by dogs, hanging aluminum foil, mirrors, wood that hits objects in the wind and other noise-makers. Some old-fashioned repellents are human hair and blood and bonemeal. Hanging bars of fragrant deodorant soap from branches may work. Other well-known deer repellents are mothballs or moth flakes spread on the ground or put in mesh bags for hanging in a tree. Unfortunately though, no repellent is 100 percent effective, especially if the deer population is high and deer are starving.Answered on 6/2/2006 by Crocus
Q:What can I plant that the deers won't eat?
What types of plants do deer not like? If you could help me out I could greatly appreciate it.Asked on 18/3/2005 by Kelly L. Sliker
A:Deer can be a real problem and deer proof plants are usually thorny, poisonous or simply taste awful. It is hard to give a definitive list as you might get the odd deer with unusual taste which might like a bitter taste, but the following is a list of plants that generally are quite successful. Cornus varieties, Rhus, Sophora, Solanum, Berberis, Rosemary, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Ilex, Pyracantha, Garrya, Juniperus, Nandina, Eleagnus, Aralia, Aucuba, Cortaderia, Yucca, Santolina, Hypericum, Myrtle, Vinca, Achillea, Digitalis, Echinacea and Dryopteris. Finally fencing is one method to protect garden crops from deer. Since deer jump, you need an 8-foot fence for best results or stout chicken-wire fencing securely around smaller garden plots. Alternatively, fence the area with a thorny shrub, preferably something that will grow to at least 6 feet. Deer do eat roses and some other thorns but hawthorn, boxwood and holly tend to keep them out. Deer are also deterred by dogs, hanging aluminum foil, mirrors, wood that hits objects in the wind and other noise-makers. Some old-fashioned repellents are human hair and blood and bonemeal. Hanging bars of fragrant deodorant soap from branches may work. Other well-known deer repellents are mothballs or moth flakes spread on the ground or put in mesh bags for hanging in a tree. Unfortunately though, no repellent is 100 percent effective, especially if the deer population is high and deer are starving.Answered on 21/3/2005 by Crocus
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