Berry beautiful and berry prolific, this ruby-toned beauty produces a floriferous flurry of rose-purple 3-4" flowers with dark rose centers. This outstanding new variety, an AAS winner for 2010, produces a continuous flower show through the summer. Full-bodied, well-branching 20-24" plants require little dead-heading or upkeep.
Sow echinacea seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before outdoor planting date. Sow seeds 1/8" deep in seed-Starting formula. Cover lightly with 1/4" fine soil. Keep moist at 65-70 F. Seedlings emerge in 10-20 days. Transplant to larger containers when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves. Before transfer to garden, accustom to outdoor conditions by moving to a sheltered place outside for a week.
How to Grow Echinacea
Plant echinacea plants outdoors after danger of heavy frost. Space 1.5' apart. Site in average dry to medium-moist soil, in full sun to light shade. Deadhead to encourage reblooming. Water plants regularly and leave undisturbed until established. Cut back spent flowers in late autumn.
Harvest when blooms are open. Cones can be cut to dry for dried arrangements.