Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' purple coneflower from North Creek Nurseries

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

Common: purple coneflower

Echinacea pur. 'Ruby Star' LP50 - 50 per flat

  • Height: 2'-3'
  • Spread: 18"-24"
  • Spacing: 12"
  • Hardiness Zone(s): 4-8

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Plant Details

Introduced by Jelitto, who gave us 'Magnus', Echinacea 'Ruby Star' is a slightly shorter plant with large flat topped flowers that are a deeper purple pink, almost ruby red, than most others. Plants are easy to grow, 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.


Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure

  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Well-Drained
  • Dry

Plug Type

  • Landscape Plug™
  • Horticultural Plug

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Green Infrastructure

  • Green Roof

For Animals

  • Songbird-friendly
  • Pollinator-friendly
  • Deer Resistant
  • Hummingbird-friendly

Attributes

  • Native to North America
  • Cut Flower
  • Edible
  • Drought Tolerant

Propagation Type

  • Seed cultivar

Care & Maintenance

Plant coneflowers in full sun and well drained soils. Go easy on fertilizer, especially in production, as the resulting quick growth seems to make the plant more susceptible to disease.

Interesting Notes

An improvment over 'Magnus' having stronger, more intense, carmine-red flowers. This is probably the best pupurea form on the market.

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