Common Name: purple coneflower
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Rose pink rays with orange-brown center cone
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Flower: Showy, Good Cut, Good Dried
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. Plants rebloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years).
‘Lilliput’ is an extremely compact coneflower that features a profuse summer-to-fall bloom of medium-sized flowers featuring horizontal, deep rose pink rays and domed dark bronze-orange center cones. Plants form basal foliage clumps to 12" tall with strong upright flower stems rising to 15-18" tall. Flowers are fragrant. Serrate, oval, dark green basal leaves grow to 8" long, with shorter stem leaves growing to 5" long. 'Lilliput' originated as an open-pollinated seedling from a breeding program using Echinacea 'Ruby Giant'. U.S. Plant Patent PP18,841 was issued on May 27, 2008. Good fresh cut or dried flower. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter, and if flower heads are not removed, are often visited by goldfinches that perch on or just below the blackened cones to feed on the seeds. Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos meaning hedgehog in reference to the flower’s spiny center cone.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Border fronts, rock gardens, cottage gardens, foundations or part shade areas of open woodland gardens. May be massed as a ground cover due to compact size.