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Echinacea purpurea 'merlot'

Pronunciation: Ek-in-ay-shee-a pur-pur-ee-uh
Family: Asteraceae
Common Name: Merlot' coneflower
Plant Type:
  • perennial
Pests and Diseases: Leaf miners, powdery mildew, bacterial spots, gray mold, vine weevils may attack roots
Propagation: Sow seed at 55f/13c in spring. Divide clumps in spring every 3 to 4 years. Insert root cuttings in late autumn to early winter. Deadheading prolongs bloom.
Notes for Identification: Has very sturdy stems, fairly well reflexed ray florets and disc flowers that start green and progress to a deep orange/yellow. Plant type: perennial plant form or habit: upright/verticalplant use: beds, borders, cut flowers. Propagation: division stem cuttingslight requirement: full sun full sun/part shadeflower color: purple/pinkbloom period: mid-summer late summerheight: minimum: 24 inches maximum: 36 incheswidth: minimum: 24 inches maximum: 36 inchesfoliage texture: medium; rough sandpaper feelusda hardiness zone: 4 to 9; heat 9 to 1water requirements: averageadditional comments: plant with liatris in a contrasting color for an interesting mix of shapes. E. Purpurea is the species most often used for medicinal purposes and reportedly stimulates the immune system. Souce: cornell university "this mid-western native presents large, rose-pink flowers that emit a pleasingly sweet fragrance when in close to examine the flowers. Flowers are presented on burgundy stems above 36" clumping plants. Easy to grow in borders, beds and containers. A must for every garden. "source: heronswood
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Located in: Perennials
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