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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' (purple coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

purple coneflower

(syn. Rubinstern)

2016 Summer Reintroduction!

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.

SIZE
Echinacea pur. 'Ruby Star' LP50 - 50 per flat Availability
Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' - 72 per flat Availability
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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

18-24 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Violet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

purple coneflower 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.

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' Growing and Maintenance Tips

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.

Good Substitutions

purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
yellow purple coneflower Echinacea paradoxa
coneflower Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'
coneflower Echinacea purpurea

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Hummingbird-friendly
Hummingbird-friendly
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Well-Drained
Dry
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Horticultural Plug
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Attributes
Native to North America
Edible
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar