Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’

purple coneflower

Outstanding Qualities

Extraordinarily heavy flowering make 'Magnus' a choice coneflower to add to the garden. Profuse large flowers cover this deciduous perennial from mid-summer to early fall. It is a bold, sturdy perennial that stands out in the late summer garden with dramatic daisy-like flowers and a large orange, cone-shaped center. A long flowering perennial, use it in combination with other late season delights. Its rich colors play well off of paler hues, like the fine white streaked foliage of Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'. Add it to the riot of colors in the herbaceous border. It is an excellent combination plant with hardy geraniums, tall campanulas and asters.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, variegated, silver

Great Color Partners: lavender, rose, gold

Culture Notes

Purple cone flower requires a location in full sun and rich sandy to well-drained soil. Once established it will only need occasional watering during dry weather. Although it can tolerate clay, very wet winters can rot out the crown and severely damage or kill the plant. Remove spent blooms to encourage flowering through early fall.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weather