Prairie Splendor and Purple Emperor Echinaceas

Prairie Splendor and Purple Emperor Echinaceas
The Prairie Splendor and Purple Emperor echinaceas are two beautiful, reliable varieties of the common purple coneflower.

The Prairie Splendor Echinacea Series

In general, the Prairie Splendor plants are very compact plants that are shorter than most. These are recommended for zones three through nine. Grown from seeds, they reach 1½ to two feet in height.

These plants tend to begin blooming somewhat earlier than most echinaceas, and also bloom far longer than most. The blossoms are four to six inches wide.

Several varieties of Prairie Splendor echinaceas are available. These include the following.

Prairie Splendor Purple Echinacea prefers full sun. The plants grow to two feet in height with a spread of 1½ feet, and is more compact than Magnus and the Primadonna series. This blooms from mid summer into fall, and begins flowering three weeks earlier than White Swan or Bright Star Echinacea. It begins flowering the first year the seeds are planted. The very large blossoms are dark rose.

Prairie Splendor Rose Echinacea was named an All America Selections winner. This is a very popular variety. This variety is just over a foot to 1¼ feet high and less than a foot wide. The dense, compact, well branched plants are ideal for containers. These prefer full sun. Prairie Splendor Rose blooms the first year from seed, and begins blooming at least three weeks than most other echinaceas. The four to six inch wide flowers have deep rose to pinkish-rose petals and yellow-brown cones.

Purple Emperor Echinacea

Bred by Dutch plantsman Arie Blom, this is part of the Butterfly series with each one in the series being named for a species of butterfly. Suited to zones four through eight, Purple Emperor Echinacea are healthy, compact, bushy, dense, well branched plants with sturdy stems.

This reaches 1 1/3 to 1½ feet in height with a somewhat smaller spread. It bears healthy, dark green foliage. Purple Emperor Echinacea blooms from June through August. Very free flowering, this bears blossoms with petals that are purplish-rose to magenta purple. The petals are slightly lighter colored along the edges. Over time as the blossoms age, they turn pinkish.

Raspberry Truffle Echinacea

Bred by Dutch plantsman Arie Blom, these robust, upright, bushy plants are quite vigorous. They can reach 2¾ feet in height.

The scented double blooms are named for the raspberry colored petals. The pomp om centers are a coral pink to a darker pink.

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