Purple-pink coneflowers in bloom.


Coneflowers or Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the Asteraceae family that are native to central and eastern North America. Most species are grown for their beautiful flowers while others are used in herbal medicine. Want to grow your own coneflowers? Use our guides below to help you get started with planting, maintenance, species and cultivar selection, and pest and disease control. Happy gardening!

17 of the Best Coneflower Varieties

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Love echinacea? Go beyond the classic purple coneflower you know and adore and take a look at 17 of our favorite colorful series and cultivars that you can grow. With single or double blooms, available in just about every hue, flower arrangers and beneficial insects alike will go crazy for these perennial beauties.

How to Grow and Care for Coneflowers, A Native American Favorite

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Coneflowers are a triple threat. They’re easy to grow, undeniably pretty and they’re also useful in the medicine cabinet, as you probably know. You can even make use of echinacea in the kitchen, which may come as a surprise to you! Ready to add these North American native beauties to your garden? Read more now.

Common Issues with Coneflowers: 11 Plant Diseases and Pests

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Coneflowers are pretty darn tough. They can withstand a lot, including drought and most pests and diseases. But when problems impact your echinacea, you want to take swift action to protect your precious plants. This guide shows you what to watch out for, how to prevent these issues, and what to do if they turn up.

Tips for Growing Coneflowers in Containers

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Want to bring the prairie beauty of echinacea to your patio? Coneflowers are a sturdy staple of flower gardens across the US, with their stand-out shape and color. We’ll help you learn how to grow coneflowers in containers so you can enjoy these fetching flowers even if you only have a tiny spot on a balcony.

Should You Deadhead Coneflowers?

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Coneflowers are daisy-like perennials for USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. They bloom from late spring to early fall in an array of colors, and attract a host of pollinators and birds. Read on to learn if it’s beneficial to deadhead spent blooms to promote more flower production, or if you can skip this chore altogether.