Ruby Star (Purple) Coneflower

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Coneflower Purple (Echinacea 'Ruby Star')
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A classic perennial plant in any landscape. It's large, intense, carmine-red, daisy-like blooms with a maroon center that remains attractive even after the flower fades. Makes good cut flowers. Blooms July-August. For the sunny border, prairie garden or wildflower meadow. Deer resistant. Mature size is around 2 1/2' x 3'. Hardiness zone 3. This plant prefers to be in full sun (around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight).

Planting & Care for Coneflowers

Preparation

  • They do best in a bright, open sunny position. Best to avoid shady areas.
  • The plant’s natural habitat is North American meadows and big, open woods.
  • The soil must remain heavy and lightly damp.
  • These make great cut flowers, adding height and color to any arrangement.
  • Cut back to the ground, although some stems can be left to provide interesting shapes over winter, especially when frosted.

Opening Plant Material

  • Container - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove the plant from the container. 
  • Scroll down to an orange rectangular box and click on “Handling & Plant Guidelines” for illustration on planting each of these types.

Planting Container

  • Plant in March, May – November.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, wider on the sides.
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
  • Water frequently when newly planted. 

Pruning - After Planting

  • Container - Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Cut back to the ground, although some stems can be left to provide interesting shapes over winter, especially when frosted.

 Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information on container plants and how to plant them. 

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos on Coneflowers

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The flower color has more intense coloration of purple and carmine red.
  • It definitely makes an excellent long lasting cut flower.
  • Requires full sun and well drained fertile soil.
  • A great plant for the sunny border, prairie garden or wildflower meadow.
  • A wonderful naturalizer plant best used in mass plantings.
  • Mature size is around 18-24" tall and wide.
  • Hardiness zone 3.
  • They do best in a bright, open sunny position. Best to avoid shady areas.
  • The plant’s natural habitat is North American meadows and big, open woods.
  • The soil must remain heavy and lightly damp.
  • These make great cut flowers, adding height and color to any arrangement.
  • Cut back to the ground, although some stems can be left to provide interesting shapes over winter, especially when frosted. 

How to plant containers

 

Pruning Perennials in their Dormancy

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 3-9

Bloom Time: July-August
Color: Green, Pink, Purple
Plant Size: 2 1/2-3'
Flower Color: Purple
Fall Color: n/a
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: Yes
Edible: No
Native: Yes

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