Echinacea purpurea

3 × 9cm pots £23.97 £18.00
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Buy Echinacea purpurea coneflower: Long lasting, rosy purple flowers.

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: most soils, except very dry or boggy
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Large, rich rosy-purple, daisy-like flowers with prominent orange-brown centres on stiff stems appear from June to September. One of our recommended plants, it's tough and does not need staking and makes an excellent cut flower. Like other coneflowers, it is long-flowering and will cope well with adverse weather conditions, except drought. Try it dotted through a sunny, mixed border or in bold drifts among grasses where it will extend the season of interest. It is attractive to bees and butterflies, and birds will flock to the seedheads.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. In autumn cut back all dead flower stems to the ground. Coneflowers benefit from a spring or autumn mulch with well-rotted compost.

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Beautiful flower


Classic American prairie plant. This perennial is one of the most striking flowers. Very long flowering period, usually from early summer to the end of autumn, sometimes into winter! The seedheads also look lovely in the frost and are great for wildlife. That being said, it is said that cutting them back in the first year helps them produce stronger roots to help them survive and flourish in following years. These are drought tolerant plants but as with most plants they still require watering in during the first year, perhaps once a week, depending on your soil drainage. They usually don't require staking. Ideally mulch them in the autumn and feed once a year with a balanced fertilizer. Be careful to not over feed as they don't like very rich soils. They are a medicinal plant, that are good for butterflies, bees and arn't toxic to dogs and cats. They make superb cut flowers and are long lasting in a vase. Unfortunately these plants are short lived perennials, lasting five to ten years in ideal conditions. Though they may self seed and can be propagated by seed fairly easily.



I am very happy with my purchase


looks great, hardy and very good in a dry garden




I always choose to buy my plants from Crocus. T


I buy for my south facing London garden, and have never been disappointed by a crocus plant.




Arrived healthy but too tasty for the snails!


Small but healthy plant which arrived and was planted out in the autumn. Overwintered well but the snails almost killed it when the spring shoots arrived. Had to remove from the flower bed and keep in a patio pot. Replanted in late spring and it's faring a bit better but no flowers. (Bought a flowering one this week for only only a few pounds from a local garden centre to provide some colour this year.) We have a lot of snails, so I will need better snail management next spring!




Not sure about echinacea


I bought 3 plants to use in a sunny flowerbed with other purple/white flowers. The plants were tiny when arrived, barely there (April). That said, they did grow well and by August (so a bit late) I had several big flowers. I was slightly dissapoonted as the middle part of the flower is quite large and the petals were thin, based on photos of this plant I expected more pink colouring, bigger petals. It was it's first season, and summer was quite dry so will see next year if this made a difference.


Southeast England


Impressive flowers


The first year I planted these they were very leafy and barely any flowers but the 2nd year they have been amazing! So many large purple flowers per plant and they kept going. Very impressive!





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Have just bought small echinacea plants about 6" high from you.. Can I plant out now or wait till spring?

Anxious gardener

Hello there Echinaceas are fully hardy so can be planted out now, just make sure that they have good drainage as they don't like sitting in cold, waterlogged soils.

None of my echinachea have come up this year - do you think slugs have been at them? The rest of my plants have emerged and are thriving. I just wondered if echinachea are paricularly tasty to slugs!


Hello, It could be a couple of things. Slugs may eat the emerging foliage in spring, but it may also have been caused by the unusually wet winter.


I planted three echinacea plants last year and they all flowered well and looked amazing. Unfortunately I can not see any of them showing any sign of growth or any shoots in the ground. Can you help me out? Thank you.


Hello there It could be that you have lost the plants through the wet winter we have just had. These plants are fully hardy, but do they need good drainage. It is still quite early so I would have a double check to see if there aren't any small shoots just starting to emerge before giving up on them. Hope this helps

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