Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' ('Rubinstern')

Common Name: Purple Coneflower

One of the best strains of Echinacea from Jelitto Seed. E. 'Ruby Star' is similar to E. 'Magnus' in that they both hold their petals in a refined, horizontal arrangement, not drooping like the species. However, the petals of 'Ruby Star' are more substantial with a deeper magenta-red color.

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.