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Echinecea purpurea. Purple Coneflower is a hardy perennial which grows two to three feet in height. The daisy- like flowers, blooming from mid-summer to early autumn, have mahogany centers and rosy-pink petals which droop dawnward. Purple Coneflower should be planted in full sun or light shade and is tolerant of dry soil and wind. This perennial is an attractive addition to flower borders and beds.
Sow seed outdoors in Spring after the danger of frost. Seeds started early bloom in the first year. Coneflower is native to North America and was introduced to Europe in 1779.
Heirloom seeds are collected from the gardens and grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon and cleaned and packaged by hand.