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Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

A perfect prairie garden plant

The purple coneflower, native to our Illinois prairie, is an outstanding addition to a sunny perennial or naturalistic garden. This late-summer bloomer has it all: beautiful rosy-purple daisylike flowers, drought tolerance and vigorous growth. It reseeds to produce new plants but is not weedy. The central cone has distinctive, neatly arranged prickly spines that enhance the flower's appearance. Purple coneflower has an upright habit and grows 2' to 3' in height. The blooms are among the most vivid and beautiful of all of our native wildflowers. Use it in a sunny naturalistic garden or perennial border. 

Echinacea purpurea
Purple coneflower
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Type: Perennial

Mature Size:
2-3 feet

Shape:
upright
  Flower Colors:
purple
pink
  Bloom Season:
July-August
September-October
Exposure:
sun
  Soil Moisture:
moderate
  Zones:
3-8
attracts birds
attracts butterflies
resistant to deer
native to the Midwest
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
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