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Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' (Purple coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

Purple coneflower

Named by Klaus Jelitto of Jelitto Staudensamen (perennial seeds) in Germany, for Swedish nurseryman Magnus Nilsson, who carefully selected for ten years, looking for fine form, dark hue, and very horizontal petals. A tall, coarse plant with large, dark green leaves and a large, 3-4" flower with broad hot pink to purple petals that surround a brown/bronze cone. Plants are tough and heat and drought tolerant once established. Their roots have famous medicinal qualities, they make great, long lasting cut flowers and attract numerous butterflies and small birds.

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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

18 Inches

Bloom Color

Hot Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Purple coneflower Interesting Notes

The Perennial Plant Association's 1998 Perennial Plant of the Year™

A native of the dry prairies and open woodlands of North America, Echinacea purpurea, or coneflower, has long been a favorite of perennial gardeners for its upright stems and daisylike blooms, which attract birds and butterflies. A favorite of professionals as well, one variety, Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus', was selected the 1998 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. A relative of the sunflower, 'Magnus' features a bronze raised central cone surrounded by wide, flat, nondrooping carmine petals on 2- to 4-foot stems. An easy-to-grow plant, it offers long midsummer bloom and makes an excellent cut flower. After flowering, the petals can be removed and the cone dried for use in wreaths and dried flower arrangements. Although 'Magnus' is slow to start in the spring, it loves the sun and grows quickly with the onset of hot summer weather. It prefers well-drained soil and will tolerate drought conditions, which makes it the perfect choice for summer gardens. 'Magnus' can be massed at the back of a perennial border or showcased as a single specimen, and it is equally at home in native gardens or in more formal plantings. Its brilliant red-pink color works well with the delicate blues of Perovskia, and its rounded shape nicely complements the linear lines of Liatris. - Perennials on Parade

The prominent, bristly seed heads of Echinacea inspired the generic name of the plant, taken from the Greek word echinos, meaning hedgehog.

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Full sun in well drained soils. Prefers moist soils, but once established will tolerate dry soils. Does not benefit from additional fertility.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Songbirds
Songbirds
Butterflies
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Dry
Dry
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar
Attributes
Dry Sun
Native to North America