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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' (purple coneflower)

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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

purple coneflower

(syn. Rubinstern)

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.

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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

Introduced by Jelitto in 2000, who gave us Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus', Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' is a slightly shorter 2-3’ plant with large flat topped flowers that are a deeper purple pink, almost ruby red, than most others varieties. It is an improvement on ‘Magnus’ and thought to be one of the best Echinacea purpurea on the market. The plants are easy to grow, tough, and heat and drought tolerant once established. Everything from the flower to the root of coneflower is enjoyable with their roots famous for their medicinal qualities and their flowers creating long-lasting arrangements.

Ranging from Texas to New York, Echinacea purpurea can be found in moist prairies, meadows and open woods. As popular as they are in the landscape, coneflower is uncommon in the wild. They prefer full sun in fertile well-drained soil but one of the best features of Echinacea is the way it is able to tolerate drought, clay, high heat and humidity, part sun, and poor soils.

The flowers of coneflower provide multiple seasons of interest from summer while it blooms to fall and winter where the great seedheads are upright and structural. Butterflies and bees love the nectar of the flowers and goldfinches can’t help but flock to the seeds during the fall. As more cultivars of Echinacea are released on the market, we trial them in our side by side comparison trials to evaluate their merits and colors and durability against a hundred others– ‘Ruby Star’ was a clear winner.  

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Go easy on fertilizer, especially in production, as the resulting quick growth seems to make the plant more susceptible to disease. 

Echinacea take a wide array of conditions from average dry soil to medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full sun. Plant flowers best in full sun. Low-maintenance and tolerates drought, humidity, heat, poor soil. Resistant to pest and disease but sometimes suspectible to aster yellows disease. To encourage longer bloom time, flower heads can be deadheaded but not necessary. Seedheads are a delightful source of food for birds. To propogate, divide clump in the spring every 4 years. Root cuttings are also successful. Propogation by seed does not usually come true to type. 

Good Substitutions

purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
coneflower Echinacea purpurea
yellow purple coneflower Echinacea paradoxa
coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'Green Twister'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

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