Why plant Audubon® Native Purple Coneflower?
One of the best ways to entice goldfinches into your yard is to plant a patch of Purple Coneflower. In August, when it starts going to seed, these chipper little songbirds will appear like magic. It’s fun to watch their acrobatics as they hang from the swaying stems, trying to extract the seeds from their prickly cones. Of course, when the gorgeous pink blooms open in early summer, Purple Coneflower brings other welcome guests to the garden. Great spangled fritillary butterflies are never far away, and monarchs, swallowtails, and painted ladies are regular visitors, too. Hummingbirds may even stop by for a sip of nectar.
Purple Coneflower is a cherished wildflower Spirit native to the Midwest, Southeast, and Southern Plains. This showpiece of our natural heritage is found in sunny to lightly shaded sites. In ancient times, Native Americans used the plant in their herbal pharmacy for a variety of ailments. Today you will find it at the store under its Latin name. Extracts of Coneflower, or Echinacea, are sold to give the immune system a boost and to help prevent or cure colds, or so it is said.
How to use Audubon® Native Purple Coneflower in the landscape?
Plant some extra Purple Coneflower plants, so you’ll have plenty for bouquets for the table all summer long. The lightly fragrant blossoms are superb for cut arrangements. Make any room in your home cozier and more inviting with fresh-cut flowers from the garden!
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
How To Plant Audubon® Native Purple Coneflower
For best results, plant Purple Coneflower in a sunny site or in a spot that receives shade only during the hottest part of the day. The soil should be of medium fertility and must drain freely. Cold, boggy soil in winter is not its friend. Deadhead spent flowers to keep the plant looking fresh if you wish, but remember that no seed heads at all means no Goldfinches and no winter interest, either. On the other hand, plants allowed to go to seed may reseed in your landscape beds—you may consider this a plus. Cut old stems down before new growth appears in spring. Coneflowers love heat and are slow to emerge, so be patient.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.