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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'
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Plant Type: Perennials

The petals of 'Ruby Star' are substantial with a deep magenta color. Praised for their large, daisy-like flowers which appear from midsummer through fall, after many other perennials have finished blooming, Coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. If deadheaded, the bloom cycle will be extended. However, some spent blooms should be left on the plants in fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Echinacea purpurea is a wildflower native to the eastern United States and is well-adapted to survive the hot, windy conditions typical of that region. If properly cared for, they will form attractive colonies and will live for many years. Coneflowers like it sunny and hot. Though they will tolerate light shade, fewer flowers will be produced and the plants will be weakened. Light, loamy soils are best but Coneflowers will grow in any well-drained soil. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant.

Flower Color

Magenta red

Foliage Color

Green

Plant Spread

24 in.

Good Companions

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Daylily (Hemerocallis , Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Grass-Ornamental (Miscanthus ), Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), Phlox-Arends (Phlox arendsii), Phlox-Tall Garden (Phlox paniculata), Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber), Silver Mound Artemesia (Artemisia schmidtiana), Yarrow (Achillea )

Plant Height

36 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

3-8

Soil Moisture

Low to average water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Mass Plant, Dried flower, Container, Specimen, Drought tolerant, Cut flower or foliage, Border

Bloom Time

Mid summer

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests