Seed Stewardship Project Echinacea Seeds

Botanical Name:
Echinacea purpurea
Common Names:
Eastern Purple Coneflower
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Originally native to the open grasslands and prarie regions of North America east of the Rocky Mountains, Echinacea purpurea has faced habitat loss due to the expansion of livestock grazing and agricultural development. This species is now listed as endangered in Florida and presumed to be locally extinct in Michigan. It is well loved by bees and other pollinators, while also providing habitat for the increasingly rare Ottoe Skipper butterfly.


Sow seed in the early spring in the greenhouse or outdoor flats and transplant seedlings in mid-spring. Alternatively, sow seeds shallowly directly into the garden or meadow in mid-spring. Keep moist and practice good weed control as seedlings grow.

Plant 12" apart.

This species is well suited to a variety of growing conditions and climates from zones 4-9 and does well in garden beds and pots.

Approximately 25-30 seed per pack.


Mountain Rose Herbs created the Seed Stewardship Project to raise awareness about at-risk plants that are in need of our help. It is our hope that this solution-oriented approach of supplying free seeds to those able to plant them will help rebuild the populations of these special plants. We thank you for being a seed steward in your community and for helping us to create a ripple of change for people, plants, and planet.
*While supplies last. If we are unable to include the free seeds in your order due to inventory, we ask that you add them to your next order. We will not be able to back order or exchange the free seeds. We are also unable to add them to your order after your order is placed. If placing a phone order, please mention which free seed packet you would like. 


We've created this community map for seed stewards to add individual pins, showcasing which seeds have been planted and where. We hope to fill the map with pins, as we rebuild the populations of these special plants. Explore the map below, and click on any pin to see details and user-added photos. Want to add your own pin? Add your free seed packet to any regular order, then scan the QR code once you receive your seeds.