Echinacea purpurea 'Red Knee High' PP20411
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Coneflower-Purple|
This dwarf coneflower delivers awesome color impact in the landscape! Large, rich magenta red flowers are borne in profusion atop knee high plants for several months beginning in midsummer. They add a terrific punch of color to combination containers and are a sight to be seen when planted en masse in the landscape.
'Red Knee High' is a sport of 'Kim's Knee High' discovered at Sunny Border Nurseries.
Praised for their large, daisy-like flowers which appear from midsummer thru fall, after many other perennials have finished blooming, Coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. If deadheaded, the bloom cycle will be extended. However, some spent blooms should be left on the plants in fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.
Breeder: Sunny Border Nurseries
Origin: Native Cultivar
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
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Low water needs
Average water needs
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Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
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Echinacea purpurea is a wildflower native to the eastern United States and is well-adapted to survive the hot, windy conditions typical of that region. If properly cared for, they will form attractive colonies and will live for many years.
Coneflowers like it sunny and hot. Though they will tolerate light shade, fewer flowers will be produced and the plants will be weakened. Light, loamy soils are best but coneflowers will grow in any well-drained soil. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant.
The word "echinacea" comes from the Greek word "echinos" meaning "hedgehog", referring to the flower's spiky central cone.