Commonly known as Coneflower, the spiky, raised centres and star-like petals in a variety of vivid colours make this perennial beauty an icon of the garden.

About Coneflower

What is Echinacea?

Echinacea, better known as Coneflower, is native to North America and belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is also referred to as Black Sampson, Hedgehog, Red Sunflower and Kansas Snakeroot amongst other things. It has been widely used in herbal medicine since the 18th Century for a range of things including pain relief, skin wounds and cold & flu treatment.

Echinacea is a perennial plant with big, showy flower heads that attract pollinators and grow in clusters to produce a bushy, colourful display in your beds and borders.

It is an easy to grow plant that flowers in the late Summer that combines well with grasses and other late-flowering perennials to create a wild, prairie-like garden.

The large daisy-like flowers come in a variety of colours from whites, to pinks, oranges and reds, with a central cone that has a contrasting base colour and matching coloured spikes that creates a stunning look in the garden.

Growing Echinacea

Coneflowers enjoy full sun, so plant in a place that gets plenty of sunshine. They thrive in most soils as long as drainage is good and will tolerate drought fairly well.

They don’t like full shade, so avoid dark spots in the garden if you want to see free flowering, vibrant displays from this perennial favourite. 

It is best to plant during the warmer, dryer months as they can be prone to rotting in winter if planted into heavy, wet soil. Once planted, allow to establish into clumps.

Deadheading Echinacea once the flowers have gone over is a good way to encourage repeat blooms. As the Autumn approaches, leave the seed-heads for the birds to enjoy and cut back in the Spring as new foliage begins to emerge.

They will benefit from mulching with rich compost in the Autumn and if you plan on lifting and moving them, it’s best done at the beginning or end of the season.

Beautiful and medicinal

Echinacea has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy to all kinds of ailments and is still widely used today in the treatment of cold & flu. It is often sold as a herbal supplement and is billed as treating a range of conditions. Whatever the case, Echinacea makes a beautiful display in the garden and is perfect for attracting bees and butterflies, which makes it a popular plant in gardens today.

Enjoy Coneflower

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