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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Pronounced: ek-in-AY-see-ah pur-PEWR-ree-ah
Sunset zones: All (Western).
USDA zones: 3-9.
Height: 2-3 feet (60-90cm).
Width: 18 inches (45 cm).
Midsummer to early autumn.
Brown disks surrounded by purple-red reflexed petals.
Hairy, ovate basal 6-inch leaves.
Humus rich, well-drained soil.
Side dress with compost or manure. Fertilize in spring with a complete organic fertilizer.
Sow seed at 68°F (20°C) in spring.
Divide in autumn of spring.
Dead head flowers for longer bloom period.
Rainy Side Notes
Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos echinos that refers to the prickly receptacle scales; purpurea means purple flower.
The roots and rhizomes are used medicinally to stimulate the immune system. Very ornamental in the garden, flowering late in the season.
Good butterfly, bird and bee plant.
Photographed in author's garden.