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Back to trial Echinacea for the Mid-Atlantic Region

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Echinacea purpurea

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Echinacea purpurea is the most popular and widely available species in the market. This is partially due to its adaptability to average garden conditions and its tolerance for light shade and rich soils. Many of the plants in our trial, including top performer Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’, trace their origins to this plant. While many cultivars of this species feature more compact and sturdier habits, the straight species reaches a height of 4′ and has a tendency to list late in the season. Purple coneflower was the preferred species of pollinators in our trial, ranking second overall for its ability to attract bees, wasps, and butterflies.


  • Rating
  • Common Name
    Purple coneflower  
  • Bloom Period
    late June-late July 
  • Peak Bloom
    mid July 
  • Flower Size
  • Size
    48” x 40” 
  • Flower Type
  • Pollinator Watch
    Pollinator Favorite