View Larger Purple Coneflower

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3 3 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    This native perennial has vibrant magenta flowers which add contrast to the overwhelming yellows and reds of the summer garden. The showy daisy-like flowers borne on stiff stems attract goldfinches if left to go to seed.

    Latin Name

    Echinacea purpurea


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials

    Bloom Season

    June - August


    Seasons

    Summer Summer

    Specifications

    Max height Max Height: 4'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Clay Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds
    Butterflies Butterflies

    Colors


    Native Range

    North America


    History

    Coneflowers have been a garden favorite since the late 17th century, after it was collected from Virginia for European gardens in 1678.


    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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