12 Coneflower Varieties to Try

E. Purpurea aka American Coneflower Cultivars

The coneflower aka echinacea is a North American native plant originating in the vast prairie lands where the deer and the buffalo roamed. Since its domestication, breeders have developed new dazzling varieties. Prized not only for its unquestionable aesthetic appeal, the coneflower also has herbal, medicinal and culinary attributes that make it a worthwhile addition to edible as well as ornamental gardens.

The original plant, E. Purpurea, has an eye catching crimson center surrounded by downward slanted lilac and light purple petals. Blooms appear in early to mid summer and new blooms continue right up till the first frost.

The flower blooms actually consist of several small flowers in a central cone, that gives the appearance of a singular large flower. These cone enclosed flowers are not only appealing to the human eye, they appeal to bees and other pollinators also. Hybrid versions of echinacea come in a spectrum of colors.

They average 2 to 4 feet tall on standard varieties and about 16 inches on dwarf varieties, this of course is variable depending on cultivar and conditions. The spread is 1 1/2 to 2 feet on standard and a foot or less on dwarfs.

Types of coneflowers

Sombrero Salsa Red Coneflower is a lavishly decorative red and orange popular hybrid. It is a perennial in the proper zones [ 4 - 9 ] Flowers from early through late summer last till the first frost.

Native North American

Full Sun

Mature Height 1.5-2 ft. tall

Bloom Time Mid to late summer

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer. Can also be planted in the fall in warmer zones


Cheyenne Spirit Coneflowers bloom in a spectral blend of warm colors . Golds and yellows, scarlet, orange, reds and even some traditional coneflower purples. Bred for improved vigor over standard varieties.

Native North American

Full Sun

Mature Height 24-30 inches tall

Bloom Time Mid to late summer

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer. Can also be planted in the fall in warmer zones


Tomato Soup coneflower is a vibrant red coneflower hybrid color reminiscent of tomatoes hence it's name.

This variety is tad more difficult to propagate than most varieties. They need fertile compost enhanced soil and shelter from strong winds. Flowers fade to a light pink as fall approaches, partial shade will prolong the red coloration.

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Zones 4-9

Mature Height 2 to just shy of 3 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer. Can also be planted in the fall in zones 6 or higher

Types of coneflowers

Purple coneflower is a designation for any number of coneflower varieties. Basic Purple coneflower, magnus, ruby star and so forth. All have similar attributes and will readily cross breed.



Double Decker coneflowers. When grown as a perennial, second year plants will a smaller flower mounted atop the primary flower cone which creates a unique visual treat.

Full Sun

Zones 4-9

Mature Height 2.25 to just shy of 3 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer.


Milkshake coneflower has large, yellowish green cones topped by ruffs of milky white petals with a yellow orange center.

Full Sun

Zones 4-9

Mature Height 2 to 3 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall. Sometimes produces a second bloom in Autumn.

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer.


White Swan coneflower closely resembles an oversize daisy. Produces large Fragrant snowy White Blooms and orange green center.

Full Sun

Zones 3-9

Mature Height up to 2 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall.

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer.


Types of coneflowers

Yellow coneflower has large, yellowish green cones topped by ruffs of milky white petals with a yellow orange center.

Full Sun

Zones 4-9

Mature Height 2 to 3 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall. Sometimes produces a second bloom in Autumn.

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer.


White Swan coneflower closely resembles an oversize daisy. Produces large Fragrant snowy White Blooms and orange green center.

Full Sun

Zones 3-9

Mature Height up to 2 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall.

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer.



Larger than most, Yellow coneflower can attain up to 4' height. It is a composite flowers with 10 to 13 drooping yellow ray florets. The flower head matures to dark chocolate brown. Not very fragrant in comparison to other coneflowers.

Mature Height up to 4 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall.

Zones 4-9

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer.


Maui sunshine is a hybrid Coneflower, it has brilliant yellow flower petals surrounding a burnt orange center cone.

Mature Height 3.5 to 4 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall.

Zones 4-9

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer.


Pink Double Delight is a compact coneflower with hot pink blooms with a small orange red center.

Mature Height 1.5 to 2 feet

Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall. Blooms best in midsummer if faded blooms are dead headed.

Zones 4-9

Planting Time Spring to mid Summer.


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