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Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink 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 'Magnus'

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

'Magnus' is a perennial with narrowly oval leaves and flowerheads to 10cm wide, with drooping deep pink rays and an orange-brown central cone

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained humus-rich soil in full sun. A dry mulch is advisable in winter. Leave plants to form substantial clumps as they resent transplanting

Soil

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

Propagation

Root cuttings can be taken in late autumn or early spring. Division may be tried in spring or autumn but they resent disturbance

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 flowered stems to encourage a longer display

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free