Echinacea purpurea ‘Bravado’

purple coneflower

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Outstanding Qualities

Echinacea purpurea 'Bravado' was selected for its large and profuse flowers. It is a bold, sturdy perennial with dramatic daisy-like, red purple flowers and a large orange cone-shaped center, hence its common name, Coneflower. A long flowering perennial, use it in combination with other late season delights. Bravdo's rich color combines well with paler hues, like the fine white-streaked foliage of Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'. It also makes an excellent companion plant with hardy geraniums, tall campanulas and asters.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weather

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, orange, silver

Great Color Partners: purple, pink, lavender, 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.