Ruby Star Coneflower Tree
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Ruby Star Coneflower Tree
Ruby Star Coneflower Leaf

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Spacing: 36''
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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Ruby Star Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinstern'
This American native celebrates summer with rich pink blossoms that butterflies love.

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Your summer garden isn’t complete without Coneflowers, and Ruby Star Coneflower is one of the finest varieties you can buy. Coneflowers are beloved American wildflowers that have become garden staples, valued for their big, bold blossoms. After spring blooms have faded and temperatures begin to soar, they bring fresh flowers to the landscape. Ruby Star is a special selection that features rich pink flowers and a habit that’s slightly more compact than usual. It’s a definite improvement on the original, though it hasn’t been hybridized with other species or genetically modified in any radical way. It’s an all-natural superstar!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Spacing: 36''
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Show more ›

The Story

Coneflowers are undergoing a revolution. It all began with the Purple Coneflower, a cherished Wildflower Spirit native to the Midwest, Southeast, and Southern Plains. This beloved prairie plant was once used medicinally by American Indians, and you will still find it today on drug store and supermarket shelves under its Latin name, Echinacea, as a supplement for treating colds. Ruby Star Purple Coneflower was introduced by Jelitto Seeds of Germany—the same folks who brought us Magnus Coneflower. Ruby Star is a bit shorter than Magnus and its flowers are a darker pink. You may also find it by its German name, Rubinstern.

The Details

Instead of hanging down like the typical Purple Coneflower petals, the petals of Ruby Star Coneflower are held out straight like a daisy. This makes an ideal landing pad for butterflies, which relish the flowers. Hummingbirds and pollinators of all types are fond of them, too.

How to Grow

For best results, plant Ruby Star Coneflower in a sunny site or in a spot that receives shade only during the hottest part of the day. The soil should be of medium fertility and must drain freely. Cold, boggy soil in winter is not its friend. Deadheading spent flowers will keep plants looking their freshest, but the seedheads do provide winter interest, so leave them alone to enjoy four-season beauty. Cut old stems down before new growth appears in spring. Coneflowers love heat and are slow to emerge, so be patient.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 24-36'' Tall
Avg Mature Width 24-36'' Wide
Spacing 36''
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Purple-Pink
Flower Time Summer
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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Ruby Star Coneflower Tree
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