Native to the prairie states of America,
Echinaceas are prized for their large brightly colored flowers that resemble daisies. The
big, bright, long-lasting flowers add vivid color to the garden from June all the way up
to the first frost. Echinacea is a must have plant for the wildlife garden. Butterflies
frequent the blossoms daily and birds such as sparrows and finch can feast on the seed
heads all winter long. Plants are very easy to grow and will tolerate poor dry soils. The
plants long tap root stores water and allows them to withstand long periods of drought.
Echinacea prefers a light loamy soil but any well drained garden soil will do. Plants
flower more profusely if given full sun but will perform very well in filtered shade.
Remove spent flower heads though out the summer to promote heavier blooming - but in late
fall leave a few seed heads for the birds. Feed in early spring just as new growth emerges
with a generous top dressing of composted manure and bone meal. Feed again in mid summer
with a light dressing of blood meal and a good drench of liquid fish emulsion. Echinacea
should be mass planted to get the best effect so we always recommend a group of at least
Zones: 3- 8
Propagation: seed and division
Problems: none known
Notes: once established Echinacea plants can suffer through very dry
conditions - but they do need your help while they produce a new root system. Water
new transplants deeply during their first season in your garden.