Common Name: purple coneflower
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Red-purple rays and dark red-tipped disks
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. This is an adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants usually rebloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance. This is a patented plant.
‘Vintage Wine’ typically grows in an upright clump to 30” tall. It was discovered as a chance seedling of two unidentified selections of E. purpurea. It is noted for its upright plant habit, long bloom period and daisy-like flowers that feature red-purple ray flowers and dark red-tipped disk flowers. Ray flowers extend horizontally rather than droop. Flowers have a sweet but faint aroma. Coarsely-toothed, dark green leaves (to 6” long) are elliptic to narrow-ovate. Good fresh cut or dried flower. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter, and if flower heads are not removed, the blackened cones are often visited by goldfinches that feed on the seeds. Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos meaning hedgehog in reference to the flower’s spiny center cone. U. S. Plant Patent PP13,893 issued June 17, 2003.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Border fronts, rock gardens or part shade areas of open woodland gardens.