Packet Content Size (approx.): 30 (0.112g's) Seeds
Also known as Hedge coneflower, Purple echinacea
Purple Coneflower features large, daisy-like flowers. The petals grow around the spiny, coppery-brown, cone shaped seed head. The eye-catching flowers that grow atop strong, rigid stems with dark green, lance shaped leaves that are coarsely-toothed. The beautiful blooms occur during the summer with some continued blooms until fall. The Purple Coneflower often grows naturally in open woodlands and prairies. Beautiful in cut flower arrangements.
An improved strain of this popular American wildflower! These superb coneflowers form low growing clumps of leaves from which the sturdy flower stems launch upwards with their large, rose-pink daisies. Unlike many varieties, the petals of Echinacea purpurea 'Primadonna' radiate outwards instead of downwards from a deep orange-brown central cone. With a compact, branching habit, this fabulous variety makes a lovely addition to borders and wildlife gardens where it will attract butterflies and other pollinating insects. Height: 85cm (33"). Spread: 45cm (18").
- Ideal For: Cottage Gardens, Wildlife Gardens, Cut Flower Garden, Coastal Garden and Borders.
- Flowering Period: July, August, September
Sow :January-June for flowering in pot from July onwards, limited flowering without vernalization, during with vernalization full flowering in next year
Sowing method: 2-3 seeds per plug
Germination: 10-14 days at 68-72 °F (20-22 °C). Supplemental lighting during germination speeds germination and uniformity of emergence. Keep seedlings uniformly moist, but do not over water
Growing On: Transplant seedlings into packs, 4" (10 cm) or 1.0 gallon containers (2-3 plants) when the 3rd pair of true leaves appears. Once plants have begun rooting out, grow on at temperatures of 50-55 °F (10-13 °C). Fertilize at 100-200 ppm calcium nitrate in a balanced formula on a weekly basis. For full gallon containers plant 3-5 plugs per pot.
Media: Use a well-drained, growing perennial substrate, pH: 6.0-6.5. Field: loamy sandy to sandy humus soils with good drainage. Standard fertilization: 80-100 g/m² slow release fertilizer.
Temperature: Grow at 15-18 °C or outdoors. In winter indoors frost free at 3-5 °C or outdoors. At mid December the plants start to grow for 10-12 weeks at 15-18 °C.
Fertilization: High fertilization levels are required.
Suitable for the Cottage Gardens, Wildlife Gardens, Cut Flower Garden, Coastal Garden, Borders, allotments and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.