COMMON NAME Purple coneflower
TYPE Herbaceous perennial
GROWTH ENVIRONMENT Prefers a sunny location
SOIL This plant will tolerate poor soils but does best in a well-drained location.
SIZE Grows to a height of 5 ft. with a 2 ft. spread.
FLOWER COLOR Daisy like flowers with drooping purplish pink petals. The flower center is a copper-colored cone with spines.
NARRATIVE This perennial plant with its purple ray and disk flowers blooms mid-summer on tall brownish green stems. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They can easily tolerate a hot summer with little rain. Perfect candidate for a flower border or rock garden. Easy to collect seeds and sow them in the spring or to divide the clumps of a mature plant.