- Type Herbaceous flower
- Lifespan Perennial
- Growing Zones 3-10
- Light Sun
- Water Well-drained soil
- Flowers Purple, white, yellow
- Design Tip Butterfly Lure
- Companions Phlox, butterfly weed
- Peak Season Summer
Coneflowers: A Field Guide
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is the most common variety (and has more of a pinkish, mauve shade than a true purple). Coneflowers also can bloom in shades of white, cream, red, orange, and yellow.
Hardy in a wide range of climates, coneflowers are perennials in USDA growing zones 3 to 10. Plant them in a sunny spot and deadhead them throughout the growing season to encourage successive waves of blooms. To see more ideas about how to use coneflowers in a landscape, see 10 Ideas to Steal from Prairie-Style Gardens.