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Care Instructions for Coneflowers


Botanical Name: Echinacea

  • Sun Requirements: Full sun.
  • Soil requirements: Well-drained. Many varieties prefer sandy soil.
  • Bloom time: Summer, early fall.
  • Zones: 3-9

These hardy flowers bloom in the hottest part of the summer. They're sure to add a fun wildflower look to your garden! They're great for naturalizing and will rebloom even in hot weather. Plant coneflowers in full-sun beds for a natural look. Because most varieties grow relatively tall, they make great plants for the backs of beds. Or, plant them in large clusters to naturalize a spot in the garden.

Coneflowers prefer well-drained soil that is not overly rich, and they require full sun. Space the plants one to two feet apart, depending on predicted grown size. Plant potted coneflowers so that the root ball is level with the surface of the soil, and water in thoroughly. 

Continuing Care
After planting, coneflowers are fairly drought-resistant. Water only if the plants receie less than one inch of rainfall each week. Remove spent flowers to encourage a longer blooming season, and cut down floppy branches after they flower. To encourage maximum growth, cut back coneflowers to about three inches above the ground each spring.