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ECHINACEA purpurea 'Doppelganger'

Image of Echinacea purpurea 'Doppelganger'

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA purpurea 'Doppelganger'

Plant Common Name

Double Decker Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower

General Description

This is one crazy looking coneflower! The unusual flowerheads of ‘Doppelganger’ have standard purple coneflower blooms, but their prominent cones have a tuft of feathery purple-red petals at the top of each. In late spring to early summer these fragrant flowers appear atop long leafy stems and will bloom for longer if regularly deadheaded.

A dependable garden staple, purple coneflower self-sows freely and will reliably flower in the first year. It is happiest when planted in sites with full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile garden soil. This carefree native is an excellent choice for perennial gardens, mixed borders or wildflower plantings.

Coneflowers make great cutflowers. In addition, the fresh blooms attract butterflies, and the dry seed-filled cones draw seed-eating birds. Even better, purple coneflower is quite disease resistant and deer do not favor it.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes