Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
2 to 3 ft.
18 to 24 in.
species is native to central plains to southeast United States
USDA zones 4-9
Magnus purple coneflower is an improved version of the native eastern purple coneflower. It has nice, mounding green leaves and sturdy flower stalks.
In mid-summer, large purple flowers bloom. They have a large brown cone in the center.
Magnus coneflower has larger petals than the native species, which makes the flowers more noticeable. In addition, the petals droop much less.
These perform well at the Xeriscape Garden. The flowers are beautiful and showy, plus birds eat the seed in fall and winter. They grow best in the moderate water zone. If they dry out too much, the leaves wilt.
Purple coneflower should be trimmed to the ground in early spring. After flowering, the central "cone" can be left to provide winter interest and seed for birds, if desired.