A coneflower is characterized by its broad, flat petals that protrude from the center and droop toward the ground. The combination of the drooping petals and pointy center creates a cone-like shape, which is where the flower gets its name. This flower, which is scientifically referred to as the echinacea purpurea, is a hardy plant that can thrive in a variety of climates and soil types.
Prepare a spot with full sun to plant the seeds. Coneflowers do best in light, well-drained soils, but they can tolerate clay soils as well. Pull out weeds from the chosen planting site with a hoe. It's best to do this in early spring, around the same time as the last expected frost.
Plant the seeds ½ inch deep and 2 inches apart from one another.
Water the soil so it is thoroughly saturated immediately after planting the seeds.
Keep the soil moist to a depth of 3/4 to 1 inch until the seeds germinate, usually between 10 and 20 days. Once the seedlings sprout, the plants can survive up to a week without water.