A beauty with benefits! The large, purple blooms of coneflower look lovely in beds and bouquets, plus they attract pollinators. Companion plant coneflowers among vegetables and watch the bees and butterflies arrive to help pollinate your crops! Coneflowers even attract beneficial predatory insects that control pests, like aphids and tomato hornworms. Plus, you’ve probably heard of the health benefits of Echinacea—the Latin name for coneflowers—in boosting immunity. Enjoy a cup of homegrown tea while you watch the butterflies and bees flock to your coneflowers.

 

Type                           Perennial

Planting time             Spring or fall

Features                    Large, daisy-like purple flowers attract pollinators

Light                           Full sun to partial shade

Soil                             Fertile, well-drained soil. Tolerates sandy and clay soil.

Matures                     Harvest flowers June – October as needed for tea; 1 to 2 years to harvest roots

Spacing                     18 to 24 inches apart

Plant size                  24 to 36 inches tall

Uses                           Cut flower, pollinator plant, companion plant, medicinal

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.

At a glance
Nutrition Information

Light Requirements: Full sun. Will tolerate partial shade

Planting: Space coneflowers 18 to 24 inches apart. (See plant’s stick tag for specific spacing recommendations.)

Soil requirements: Coneflower prefers average, well-drained soil but tolerates sandy and clay soils.

Water requirements: Water new plants deeply once per week. Once established, coneflowers thrive in low moisture conditions and require supplemental watering only during extensive drought.

Frost-fighting plan: Coneflower is a perennial and hardy in zones 3 to 8. Plant after last frost in spring or 4 to 6 weeks prior to first frost in fall to allow the roots to become well established.

Common issues: Coneflowers are easy to grow and thrive in hot conditions. Space the plants properly for good air circulation to avoid fungal diseases. In humid, rainy areas, powdery mildew may be an issue. Cut back affected plants and dispose of the infected stems and leaves.

Harvesting: Snip flower stems for bouquets anytime during the growing season. Dried cones can be used in floral arrangements. Both the roots and above-ground parts of coneflowers are used for tea. To harvest the above-ground parts, cut the stem above the lowest pair of leaves. Strip the leaves and flowers from the stem, and lay them flat to dry. Wait until the third year of growth to harvest roots. Dig the root ball and harvest pieces of the root, replanting the remainder.

Storage: After drying, preserve leaves and petals by placing them in a container in a dark pantry. Thoroughly dry roots before storing or use the roots to create a tincture.

1 tsp. fresh or dried flowers

 

Nutrition Facts

1 tsp. petals, fresh or dried

 

Calories:

Carbohydrates: 0g

Dietary fiber: 0g

Sugars: 0g

Protein:          0g

Vitamin A:      0%DV

Vitamin C:     0%

Vitamin K:      0%

Vitamin B:      0%

Vitamin B6:    0%

Folate:            0%

Potassium:    0%

Manganese: 0 %