Echinacea 'Purple Emperor' Description
I first saw Purple Emperor in The Netherlands, and was really blown away by the prolific blooms, color, and habit. If you've struggled with other coneflower varieties, you should try Purple Emperor. This comes from breeder, Arie Blom, who has spent a lifetime selecting the best coneflowers from thousands of seedlings.
Unlike older coneflowers, which can be tall and spindly, Purple Emperor is bushy and well-branched, producing an abundance of deep rich magenta blooms. I'm honestly not sure why it is named Purple Emperor, since it's really not purple, but a glorious eye-catching saturated pantone-rich color which is certain to be this season's hot trend in echinacea color.
Highlights of Purple Emperor
- Prolific. You have got to love coneflowers that branch well. This always creates a much fuller look, and of course, you get a ton more blooms.
- Dense & compact. Charming and compact at on 14-18" tall and 12-16" wide. Narrow, pointed, dark green leaves provide excellent contrast, and stay a healthy green color all season long.
- Blooms. Blooms are proportional, and held clearly above the foliage. Petals lay flat (horizontal) to better display the fullness of the flower. Large, rich magenta blooms have a prominent cone.
- Stays fresh. Even late in the summer season, the blooms look fresh.
- Cut flower. Not only are these flowers perfectly formed, but they demonstrate excellent staying power in the vase after cutting. You'll get to enjoy cut flowers well into late summer-early fall.
- Easy to grow. Easy to grow in a variety of soil provided drainage is good. Overwinters well. Low to average water needs once established.
Special features: Blooms first year, Attracts butterflies, Cold hardy, Cut flower, Dried flower, Drought tolerant, Deer resistant, Easy care, Fragrance, Heat tolerant, Attracts hummingbirds, Long blooming
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- Botanical name:
Echinacea 'Purple Emperor'
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- Sun exposure:
Sun, Part shade
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- Height x width:
14-18" x 12-16"
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Border, Cottage gardening, Massing, Naturalizing, Specimen, Wildflower
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- Patent #:PP24459
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Soil: Average to sandy soil. They do best in soil that is high in organic matter, and well drained.
Light: Full sun -- Plant them in a spot that gets at least 5 hours of full sun a day. They will tolerate partial shade, but plants may flop or strain to reach the sun.
Water: Average -- Water regularly the first season to encourage good root growth. Coneflowers are often listed as drought tolerant, and though they do handle the heat of summer very well once established, they will do much better with regular watering.
Spacing: 12 -16 inches
Fertilizing: Over fertilizing will cause spindly growth, so keep Echinacea on a lean diet; fertilize once in the spring with an organic fertilizer.
Winterizing: Avoid damp spots and heavy mulching over crowns in winter. Too much moisture can cause fungus or rot. Leave the foliage standing for winter, (birds enjoy the seed heads), and trim back, or remove spent foliage in early spring before new growth emerges.
Maintenance & pruning: Once planted, they are best left alone, as they do not transplant well. They are prolific bloomers, and snipping off the spent blooms will keep them blooming. Luckily, each flower remains in bloom for several weeks. The first season after transplant, just enjoy your newly planted echinacea flowers all summer, and then clip off all flowers at the end of August. If the plant starts to form new buds in September, clip these off before they open. Leave the plant in place all fall; don't cut it down in your fall cleanup. Given this treatment, the first season your plants will build a strong root system that will promote hardy, robust growth for years to come. After the first year, you can deadhead throughout the growing season, allowing the plant to flower in the fall.
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