Grow Zone Recommendation: Coneflower thrives as a perennial in USDA agricultural zones 3 to 9.
Sunlight Needs: Plant coneflower in a sunny location where it will get several hours of light per day. Plenty of sunlight is required.
Watering Needs: If in your climate it rains less than one inch of rain per week, you’ll need to water your coneflowers regularly during the summer.
Average Size: Coneflowers will grow from 1 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feed in width.
Foliage Color: These fall or summer bloomers (depending on variety) flower in colors of yellow, green, orange, pink, red, purple, and white. Foliage is blue-green.
Must Know Plant Care Tips: Coneflower is known for its immune-boosting properties, and can be made into teas. They need well-drained soil and adjust well to nearby competing plants. If they get too much shade, they’ll become floppy and become more prone to disease. Coneflowers will also attract birds. Coneflowers make lovely cut flowers to bring indoors, do well in containers, and are very easy to maintain.
Plant Problem Solver: Once they finish blooming, pinch off the dead blooms to encourage new ones. In the fall, you may want to leave a few blooms on the plant to dry. Not only will they provide some interest during the colder months, but the birds will love to eat the seeds. You may also find they’ll re-seed this way.
Pretty Pairings: Good companion plants to coneflower include black-eyed susan, lupines, geraniums, bee balm, phlox, cardinal flower, gentian, goat’s beard, coreopsis, and beard tongue.