Echinacea purpurea ‘Leuchtstern’ BRIGHT STAR ™

purple coneflower

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Outstanding Qualities

Extraordinarily heavy flowering makes Bright Star a choice coneflower to add to the garden. A profusion of large purple-mauve 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 its dramatic daisy-like flowers that have 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'. Other lovely planting combinations include pairing it with hardy geraniums, tall campanulas and asters.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 7 in. (0.79 meters)

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: purple

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.