Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 3-9
- Spacing: 18-24"
- Height: 36-48"
- Blooms: Mid- to late summer
- Planting Depth: crown level with soil surface
Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’
Coneflowers are hardy perennials in the daisy family, Asteraceae, and native to the eastern U.S. Once established, they tolerate heat and drought well. Beneficial for wildlife; flowers attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and finches.
Plant the crown, the place where the shoots and the roots meet, level with the soil surface. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in an area that gets plenty of sun. Coneflowers prefer a fairly dry soil and will not do well in wet, soggy conditions. However, water the plants well until they become established. New shoots can be a target for rabbits—protect young plants from garden predators.
Deadhead when the blooms fade to keep the plants looking tidy. The plants may be pruned back slightly in the late fall, or leave the dried seed heads on the plants for winter interest and to provide seeds for finches.
Coneflowers are quite hardy and do not need special care to successfully over-winter in USDA hardiness zones 3-9. Plants may be pruned back or left with their dried flower heads intact.