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ECHINACEA purpurea 'Sparkler'

Image of Echinacea purpurea 'Sparkler' PP17298

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA purpurea 'Sparkler' PP17298

Plant Common Name

Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Sparkler Coneflower

General Description

The interesting variegated foliage of 'Sparkler' contrasts nicely with its large purple-pink daisies. The dark green leaves of this Terra Nova introduction are mottled with flecks of cream and provide moderate interest even when the plants are not in bloom, though the leaves have a tendency to revert. Purple coneflower originates from eastern North America where it inhabits open prairies, meadows, roadsides and forest margins.

Coneflower is a dependable garden staple that is happiest when planted in sites with full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile garden soil. It self-sows freely and will sometimes flower in the first year from seed. The seedlings can be highly variable, and those of most named cultivars, like 'Sparkler', will not grow true to seed.

This carefree native is an excellent choice for perennial gardens, mixed borders or wildflower plantings. Coneflowers also attract butterflies, make great long-lasting cutflowers and are not favored by deer.

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

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, 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

    Acidic, 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, Orange, Pink, Brown

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Brown, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • 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