Echinacea Purple Emperor
Echinacea 'Purple Emperor' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Coneflower

Echinacea 'Purple Emperor' is a 2014 introduction that will glow in your garden. The large, saturated magenta purple blooms are produced on sturdy, well branched stems that are in perfect proportion to the bushy clump of deep green foliage. As the flowers age the tips of the blooms lighten in colour.

  • Height: 38 - 46 cm (15 - 18 in)
  • Spread: 30 - 41 cm (12 - 16 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: mid to late summer
  • Leaf Colour: deep green
  • Bloom Colour: magenta
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and songbirds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Coneflowers are the ideal perennial for hot sunny sites. Plant them in shade and they will flop and produce very few flowers. Loamy, well drained soil is ideal to produce the best bloom and winter hardiness. Heavy soils can lead to winter rot. Leave the seed heads to stand for winter food for finches and other birds.

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