Growing ConeFlowers

See how easy it is to grow colorful Echinacea, commonly called Coneflowers.

With many colors and forms, coneflowers offer much variety - Chicago Daily Herald

While it's snowy outside, I imagine the summer garden. And what would a summer garden be without coneflowers?

As charming as they are tough, these North American natives provide nectar and pollen to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. In fall, their raised cones offer seeds to birds. Their sturdy stems hold daisylike flowers in a wide range of colors that bloom beginning in...


  1. Learn how to plant, grow, and care for coneflowers with this growing guide from The Old Farmer's Almanac.
  2. Echinacea / ˌ ɛ k ɪ ˈ n eɪ ʃ i ə / is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family.The genus Echinacea has ten species, which are commonly called coneflowers.They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer.
  3. Purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea, is by far the most popular variety of coneflower.It has a fibrous root system, rather than the long tap root and woody crown found in other native species, and it is more adaptable to garden conditions and more forgiving of dividing and transplanting.
  4. Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower, or purple coneflower) is a North American species of flowering plant in the sunflower family. It is native to eastern North America and present to some extent in the wild in much of the eastern, southeastern and midwestern United States as well as in the Canadian Province of Ontario.It is most common in the Ozarks and in the ...
  5. One problem with coneflower and other plants in the aster family is that it is susceptible to aster yellows, a plant virus carried by thrips. These pesky little bugs feed on pollen, as well as plant juices, by scraping the plant tissue and drinking the sap.
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These are among my faves..
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365 in 2010, Photo #183, 7/02/10
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