Purple Coneflower plants, Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea): A Seasonal Look, Twenty Thousand Guests for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks, Bee Mama Missive: Scar Required Surgery, Recovers Nicely, Bee Mama Missive: Bee’s–They’re What’s For Dinner, Bee Mama Missive: Beetles Bee Damned, Part II. A favorite of all kinds of bees and butterflies. With dozens of varieties to choose from and blooms that last from early summer to late fall, easy-care echinacea is certainly a worthy addition to many landscapes. It’s nice to see the flowers so you really know what you’re getting when you buy them: just cut the flower stems off at the base by the end of the month! Gloves are definitely needed! This North American native is loved by both people and pollinators. Echinacea from seed can be sown early indoors and transplanted outside, sown directly into the garden in summer, or grown as a potted plant. Sow echinacea seeds indoors eight to 10 weeks before planting them outdoors. Building your essential baking toolbox starts here! Deep brunettes, sandy blondes, and bold reds are in this year. These pesky little bugs feed on pollen, as well as plant juices, by scraping the plant tissue and drinking the sap. Not only are Purple Coneflowers great for pollinators during bloom time, but the little seed eating birds find them yummy too. Truthfully, I rather like the “dried” form of the Coneflower–to a point. Here's how to tell the differences between each architectural style. Coneflowers must really taste good, given how many critters enjoy them. If you must store seeds/grains indoors or in the garage, storing them in an airtight container after adding about a tablespoon of diatomaceous earth per gallon of seed will eliminate the problem. I was just getting together some wildlife shots for an upcoming meme (cough-cough Wildlife Wednesday) and noted so many of my shots these days involve something happening around purple coneflowers. Excellent drainage and full sun are ideal, although very light shade is tolerated. With colorful blooms from summer to fall, purple coneflowers shine in a variety of settings. 2- don't let quart sized plants bloom at all the first year. It has always been my practice to sacrifice blooms for a year in order to build up enough root mass able to push enough foliage to feed.photosynthesise a plant to build up reserves over the winter and to maintain sufficient internal resources to carry a plant through the draining period of blooming...and I rather suspect that the hybrid echies are of that ilk. I thinks it’s just the norm to have something feeding on a coneflower, so I don’t run out to get a shot. If I don’t like where a plant grows, I transplant it or pass it along  to another gardener. The more the better. If you see this on your plant, there is no cure except to dig up the plant and properly dispose of it before the disease is transmitted to any other plants. My gardens are part shade/part sun and I have Coneflowers in every garden bed–they all perform well, though the full sun exposed Cones bloom best, brightest, and longest. If you want to prevent this, deadhead flowers shortly after they fade. and cars (Mudred, Pissy McGibbins, Morton Horsepipes, etc.) Glorious in its spring beauty, this wide-spread North American native is a must-have for any garden. I also think Echinacea is a must for the garden if you have a sunny area. Campanula Kent Belle is another...which can, quite literally, bloom itself to death. I feel your pain though, same has happened to me. If you're a cat lover, the joys outweigh any other issue. Prior to planting, I wondered if it was possible to have too many Coneflowers. They need to be watered regularly their first season. I grow Purpurea and Magnus and I always let them go to seed. It hasn’t done so well. Because they’re an excellent wildlife perennial, a hardy Texas (and other places) native, and a pretty, pretty flower, you should plant Purple Coneflowers in your gardens. Regardless, I know that you in the more northern latitudes are now enjoying the echinacea show that we had a couple of months earlier. Grr is right! It shows off well against most flowers and provides an elegant look to flower borders. These perennials grow well from seed, but four-inch or gallon containers are available, especially in spring, and at knowledgeable local nurseries. In my urban Austin garden, the foliage remains mostly evergreen through winter. Al. A different but related plant, big betony is worth growing for its shade tolerance, dark green crumpled leaves, and bright purple spikes of whorled 1-inch flowers in late spring. I knew you would grow Coneflowers and appreciate what the lovelies provide for wildlife. Symptoms will be visible on new buds and open flowers that will show erratic, contorted growth.