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Coneflower 'Ruby Star'
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Coneflower 'Ruby Star'

Echinacea purpurea
The most reliable coneflower available today, 'Ruby Star' has large flat-topped blooms in intense purple-pink that bloom all summer. Easy and tough as nails, it is a valuable plant for borders and meadow plantings, where it attracts butterflies to the pollen-filled domed centers and birds to the ripened seeds later in fall.
SKU #S018
$4.00
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
49
Lifecycle
Perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
3,
4,
5,
6,
7,
8
Mature Size
2.5-3' h x 1.5-2' w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Regular, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Rosy purple
Features
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/8"
Sprout Time:
14-21 days
Starting Indoors:
Sow in late winter and keep at 60-65°F. An initial moist stratification period with temperatures of 40°F for 3-4 weeks may increase germination rates, but is not essential.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow in earliest spring or late summer to fall.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Coneflower is a butterfly magnet and is welcome in borders with other summer bloomers or added to meadow plantings of grasses and other pollinator favorites. They easily handle hot summer weather and are often cut and added to bouquets. The bristly cone centers are wonderfully decorative and offer seeds for goldfinches later in the season. As summer progresses, stop deadheading to develop an abundance of ripe seed heads. It self-sows onto the bare ground for a growing patch over time. Cut back dead stems in early spring, and divide if needed in spring or early fall.
Final Spacing:
1.5-2'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Water regularly the first season while establishing, then only during especially dry, hot spells.
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Provide with about 2" of compost annually in early spring—too much fertilizer will cause the plants to become leggy.
Diseases & Pests:
Echinacea is rarely troubled by pests or diseases, though it may be susceptible to aster yellows. While not a fatal issue, it may cause unsightly foliage issues and is incurable; remove diseased plants promptly to avoid spreading. Prevention via insect control and weeding (especially removal of other daisy-like plants, such as dandelions) is quite helpful.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when flowers are 3/4 open.