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Echinacea purpurea

£1.25

Echinacea purpurea is a fantastic perennial for the garden with its long lasting, upright flowers with dark purple petals and an orange centres. They are easy to grow and the flowers have a distinctive, sweet, fragrance that attracts bees and butterflies throughout summer.

The summer blooms are followed by attractive, long-lasting seedheads which provide winter food for birds and architectural interest. Echinacea will flower in the first season if they are started indoors early enough.

    

 

When to sow Indoors Feb to May, August to October
Where to sow Sow indoors on the surface of moist compost filled pots or trays. Do not cover the seeds as they require light for germination. Place in a warm, light position (temperature of 18 to 24°C (64 to 75°F)  is ideal).
Watch out for damping off.
What to do Next When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.
When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 45cm (18in) apart. 
Water, fertilise and dead-head regularly to prolong the flowering period.
Flowering period June to October
Companion Planting Attracts Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. 
Uses Borders/Beds/Containers/Cut flowers
Height 75cm (30in)
Spread 45cm (18in)


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