How to Grow Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea)

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The purple coneflower, or echinacea purpurea, is a plant that is closely related to the black-eyed Susan. Find out why purple coneflowers are hardy in nature with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on flower gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about echinacea, or rudbeckia purpurea, and they're a great native plant from the United States, so echinacea purpurea, or rudbeckia purpurea, also known as purple cornflower, is native to the eastern parts of the United States, so it's closely related to the black-eyed susan, which is also a rudbeckia, and other daisy type plants, which are in the aster family, so they're very, very hardy, and in nature, they like more of a prairie type condition, where it's really hot and dry in the summer, some water in the winter, but not too much, but cold, cold winters, so they're very, very hardy, even down to zone three, so it can handle zones three to ten, so even minus twenty degrees, to even places where there's not much of a freeze at all, they'll survive really well, so they're a perennial, just like a daisy is, and some kind of a black-eyed susan, so they die back in the wintertime, so it's November, this one is starting to die back, and it's just a set of roots, so you can either start them by seed in the spring, or you can divide the roots anytime of the year, especially in the fall, is the best time, and turn around and plant them right in the ground again, and they love full, hot sun. That's the key. They do not like to be in the shade, and they want lots of room to multiply, because they really love to multiply, and they get pretty large clumps, pretty quickly, and the great part is, they'll bloom July through September, and even after the first set of blooms, if they start looking frumpy, just chop those down, and it will get a second set of blooms, so echinacea has a really long and exciting history, and it has a lot of medicinal uses as well, but it's a gorgeous, really beautiful kind of sunflower in your garden.