How to Grow Cone Flowers

Cone flowers produce attractive flowers. image by All images and illustrations by Daniel Ray.


Cone flower is an easy-to-grow wildflower. This popular perennial is hardy and drought-tolerant. Once established, this plant blooms from June to October and produces lovely coned flowers with purple petals. Cone flowers reach a height of two to three feet and work well as a border or as a standalone bed. The herbal supplement Echinacea is produced from the large taproot common to this plant. Cone flowers are a beautiful addition to any garden.

Step 1

Determine a location for the flower bed. Pick a well-drained spot that receives eight hours or more of sunshine daily.

Step 2

Remove all grass and weeds with an herbicide. Aerate the soil by cultivating with a shovel or hoe. Enrich the soil with compost or commercial soil mixes.

Step 3

Broadcast the seeds throughout the flower bed. Mix the seeds with sand to make handling easier. Sow the seeds throughout the bed.

Step 4

Use a rake to gently cover the seeds with soil. Cover the seeds by no more than one-eighth inch of earth.

Step 5

Keep the flower bed moist by watering every day. Look for the seeds to germinate in 15 to 30 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbicide
  • Gardening tools
  • Compost
  • Cone flower seeds
  • Masonry sand


  • The National Arboretum Book of Oustanding Garden Plants; Jacqueline Heriteau; 1990

Who Can Help

  • Wildseed Farms
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About this Author

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

Photo by: All images and illustrations by Daniel Ray.