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Echinacea purpurea
Purple coneflower
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Mid-late summer
Height 36-48in/1-1.5m
Light preference Full sun/Part shade
Soil preference Fertile, humus-rich, well-drained
Sowing time/depth Spring, 0.25in/6mm
Much-loved by butterflies and other pollinating insects, this dynamic plant produces clumps of dark-green, somewhat hairy leaves from which large, daisies with rather lax, purple petals and brown, conical central discs grow, on tall, straight stems. Echinacea prefers full sun, but will tolerate part-shade. Echinacea is said to have immune-system boosting properties and is often used to treat coughs and colds.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow thinly 6mm deep in moist compost, transplanting seedlings into individual pots when large enough to handle. This should be done very gently, because echinacea resent disturbance. Alternatively sow individually in modules or cells. Grow on until young plants are large enough to move to their final planting positions.
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