Seized by grace-just taken over for a moment with the beauty of this wildflower. Captured at Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida, USA.
Echinacea purpurea (Asteraceae)
A robust, drought tolerant perennial, native to the midwestern and southeastern United States. flowers are arranged individually on sturdy, elongated stems with soft lavender or purple petals surrounding an iridescent red-orange, coned center. Prefers full sun to partial shade in fertile, well-drained soils. Absolutely stunning!!!
Average planting success with this species: 70%
Height: 2-3 feet
Germination: 15-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 70-75F
Sowing depth: 1/8"
Blooming period: June-October
Average seeds per pound: 117,000
Seeding rate: 12 lbs. per acre
Suggested use: Borders, meadows, mixtures, floral gardens.
Miscellaneous: An excellent variety for cut flower arrangements with a vase life of 5 to 7 days. Propagation from root cuttings is reliable if performed in the fall.