Eastern Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea (L) Moench is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Eastern Purple Coneflower. It was named and described by Conrad Moench in Methodus Plantas Horti Botanici et Agri Marburgensis in 1794. It was first named Rudbeckia purpurea L. by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.
Echinacea Moench is the correct and accepted scientific name for the genus. It was named and described by Conrad Moench in the same publication as the species Echinacea purpurea.
I dug several divisions of this Echinacea purpurea from a business north of where I live. I have been “eye-balling” them for five years and finally decided I would ask if I could have a few divisions. I took the owners of the business a couple dozen eggs in the spring and told her I would clean up the bed if I could have a few divisions She said, “Yeah, sure. They aren’t ours.” Well, they rent the building… So, I cleaned out the bed and removed all the previous year’s dead leaves, stems, and flowers. Then I brought home a few divisions.
I put most of the divisions n the flower bed behind the old foundation where my grandparent’s house used to be. They did very well and flowered a couple of months later (top photo).
I put three others in the southeast corner bed. Only one survived here.
Zones: USDA zone 2a-10b (-50-35 ° F)
Size: 24-26” +
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Drought tolerant once established
Propagation: Division and seed
I am pretty sure the plants I brought home are a cultivar and not the straight species. I haven’t grown the straight species of Echinacea purpurea yet, but I intend to do so and have them in several locations throughout the farm. There are a lot of them growing along the highways. There are also many cultivars I would like to try.
There is a lot of information online about the Echinacea purpurea so I just added a few.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please check out the following links for further reading.
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
CORNELL UNIVERSITY GROWING GUIDE