Purple Echinacea Seeds

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This perennial is open-pollinated with flowers of deep pinks and purples. A wonderful border plant or companion flower as it attracts beneficial insects and deters garden pests. Dry the root for tea to soothe cold symptoms.


Product Details

Weight

.5G

Planting Season

Warm

Soil Temp

70° F+

Planting Depth

1/8"

Area to Sow

80' bed

Days to Germ.

10-15+

Days to Maturity

300+

Best Planting Method

Transplant

Thin to

≥2" apart

Final Spacing

≥12" apart

Succession

NA

Approx. Seed Count

100

Product Information

Echinacea is a beautiful flowering perennial that also does great in pots. This variety of echinacea is suited for growing in a wide range of climates. Seeds can be sown directly in the garden in an area that can be irrigated to remain moist until germination. Otherwise, sow the seed in pots in a protected area and transplant out in late spring. Purple Echinacea also has herbal medicinal qualities.

Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Echinacea has strikingly gorgeous flowers that attract tons and tons of beneficial insects and butterflies to the garden. In Zones 9 and 10, echinacea seeds can be direct sown in the garden in the fall, when soil is at 40°F, allowing plants to establish during the cool season.

Zones 2-8

  • Start seed indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost and transplant out after the danger of frost has passed. Alternatively, sow directly into the garden in late summer, allowing at least twelve weeks before the first frost date.

Planting Echinacea Seeds

  • Direct sow or transplant your echinacea into the garden. To direct sow, start the seeds indoors in trays or starter pots, using a high-quality seed starting mix. Sprinkle seed on top of well-moistened soil and cover with 1/8″ of finely sifted soil. The seed must remain moist to germinate. Seeds will germinate in 10-15+ days.
  • If you wish to direct sow the seeds, plant in well-worked soil that has been finely raked clear of debris. Cover with 1/8″ well-sifted soil and follow the same recommendations for seeding indoors.
  • Plant in well-draining, moderately fertile soil. Echinacea can thrive in partial shade to full sun.

Growing Echinacea

  • Mulch heavily around your plants to help with weed suppression and moisture retention.

Growing Echinacea in Containers

  • If you are planting echinacea in containers, make sure your container is at least 10″ deep. The larger the container, the more blooms you will get. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture.

Harvesting Echinacea Flowers

  • Purple echinacea blooms make gorgeous cut flowers. Harvest flowers early in the morning and place directly in a vase of room temperature water for the longest-lasting blooms.
  • Echinacea can be used in tea and home remedies. Dry the plant root for tea to soothe sore throats and boost immunity. Here are instructions for making tea.

Southern California Pro-tips

  • In Zones 9 and 10, echinacea will happily bloom from summer through early fall.
  • DO NOT overhead water as this promotes disease.
  • Side dress with an organic granular fertilizer to ensure ample blooms.
  • Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more flowers.

Companion Flowers/Crops

  • Echinacea is a beautiful addition to home gardens, meadows, butterfly, and wildflower gardens. The blooms not only attract beneficial insects but also feed pollinators. Plants grow 2-3′ tall, making them perfect for growing in front of sunflowers, hollyhocks, and other tall blooming flowers. For a stunning color combination, grow them alongside our chartreuse green Envy Zinnia variety! Shop all our flowers here.
  • Plant echinacea in your vegetable garden to repel aphids.

Additional Learning Resources

Product Details

Weight

.5G

Planting Season

Warm

Soil Temp

70° F+

Planting Depth

1/8"

Area to Sow

80' bed

Days to Germ.

10-15+

Days to Maturity

300+

Best Planting Method

Transplant

Thin to

≥2" apart

Final Spacing

≥12" apart

Succession

NA

Approx. Seed Count

100

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