The bold and hearty character of the Purple Cone Flower makes it a striking plant. The flowers are rosy purple with dark, stiff, quilllike centers touched with golden crimson. Echinacea purpurea is the common sort and is frequently listed in catalogs under Rudbeckia purpurea. Sometimes when plants are raised from seed objectionable muddy colors are obtained which are not worthy a place in the garden. The plants grow 3 feet to 4 feet tall and bloom from July until frost. The leaves are large and thick.
UTILIZE. The drooping character of the rosy-purple petals give them a distinctive character in the border, although the color at best is difficult to combine with other flowers.
GENERAL. They will tolerate dry, sun-baked locations but are better in good soil.
PROPAGATION. The easiest method of increasing these plants is to divide the clumps.
Echinacea – Purple Cone Flower