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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
black samson hedgehog coneflower
purple coneflower purple daisy eastern purple coneflower
Rudbeckia echinacea purpurea Rudbeckia purpurea
Echinacea are erect, clump-forming rhizomatous perennials with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and solitary, long-stalked daisies with prominent conical central disks and often drooping ray florets; attractive to butterflies
E. purpurea is an upright perennial with coarsely hairy, ovate or lance-shaped leaves and solitary flower-heads to 12cm across with slightly reflexed, light purple rays and brown central disk
C&E North America
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
SoilSand, Loam, Chalk
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in deep, well-drained, humus-rich soil ideally in full sun although they can tolerate some shade
Propagate by seed sown at 13°C in spring. Propagate by division in spring or autumn although they resent a lot of disturbance. Propagate by root cuttings from late autumn to early winter.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers
Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens Prairie Planting
Pruning Cut back stems as the blooms fade to encourage further flower production
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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