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Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinstern'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Red in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

coneflower 'Rubinstern'

Family

Asteraceae


Echinacea are erect, clump-forming rhizomatous perennials with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and solitary, long-stalked daisies with prominent conical central disks and often drooping ray florets; attractive to butterflies

'Rubinstern' is an upright perennial to 90cm, with oval leaves and 12cm wide flower-heads opening from late summer to late autumn, the ruby-red ray florets spreading horizontally from the brown central cone

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in deep, well-drained, humus-rich soil ideally in full sun although they can tolerate some shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 13°C in spring. Propagate by division in spring or autumn although they resent a lot of disturbance. Propagate by root cuttings from late autumn to early winter.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Cut back stems as the blooms fade to encourage further flower production

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free