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
1 tsp. petals, fresh or dried
Dietary fiber: 0g
Vitamin A: 0%DV
Vitamin C: 0%
Vitamin K: 0%
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Vitamin B6: 0%
Manganese: 0 %