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Purple coneflower is so easy to grow and attractive and draws so many birds and butterflies that you simply must grow it, if you have the room. Valued for its large sturdy daisylike flowers with dropping petals, this prairie native will spread easily in good soil and full sun. It is bothered by few pests or diseases. It's a great cut flower -- bring in armloads of it to brighten the house. And birds and butterflies love it. Allow it to spread so that you have at least a small stand of it. Let the flowers go to seed and the goldfinches will love you, coming to feast on the seeds daily. Butterflies and helpful bees also love purple coneflower.
It used to be that rosy purple or white were the only choices in flower color. Recent hybrids have introduced yellow, orange, burgundy, cream, and shades in between.
Fuzzy gray lamb's ears makes a great partner for coneflower in sunny dry sites. Pink or purple forms coordinate especially well with the magenta blooms of lamb's ears.Globe thistle
Steely blue globe thistle teams well with purple coneflower. Both have long-lasting blooms through the summer.Russian sage
The purple spires of Russian sage make an excellent backdrop for coneflower. Its airy silvery stems with purple blooms contrast nicely with the large daisy flowers of coneflower.