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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

Coneflower / syn. Rubinstern

Introduced by the Jelitto, who gave us 'Magnus', Echinacea 'Rubinstern' is a slightly shorter plant with large flat topped flowers that are a deeper purple pink, almost ruby red, than most others. An easy to grow native plant with large, dark green leaves and a large, 3-4" flower with broad deep pink, ruby to purple petals that surround a brown/bronze cone. Plants are tough and heat and drought tolerant once established. Their roots have famous medicinal qualities, they make great, long lasting, cut flowers and attract numerous butterflies and small birds.

Benefits

Attracts butterflies in large numbers
Hummingbirds thrive on the sweet nectar
Finches crave its seed in the fall
Long blooming and a colorful cut flower
Drought tolerant once established
Looks terrific planted with native grasses

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant coneflowers in full sun and well drained soils. they prefer moist or average soils, but once established will tolerate dry soils. Go easy on fertilizer, especially in production, as the resulting quick growth seems to make the plant more susceptible to disease.


Height
36-42 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Moist prairies and meadows and gaps in low woods; Ohio to Michigan and Iowa south to Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Georgia.

Native Trivia

Coneflowers do double duty when it comes to benefiting wildlife. The new flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators while old flowers provide seed for songbirds.


"Coneflowers are one of the best sources of nectar for butterflies throughout the summer. Plant lots of them!"

Good Companions
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Red-Purple
Uses
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin