Splitting Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea)

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Eastern Purple Coneflower is a herbaceous, drought tolerant perennial plant in the daisy family that is attractive to many pollinators. It offers beautiful flowers in a variety of colors and performs well in Eastern North Carolina. Because of its fibrous root system, it can be divided when it is dormant. Do not try and split Eastern Purple Coneflower while it is flowering or it will die. It is best to wait until late fall or winter when the plant does not have flowers or new growth to divide.

Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

To split this plant, dig up a pre-existing plant a couple inches away from the root ball. After removed from the ground, knock off some of the dirt so that the roots are visible. Next cut the plant in half or leave at least three inches of fibrous roots to transplant then replant in a different location. Water well so that roots can get established. After a month or so, weather permitting, you will have two beautiful plants in your yard.

Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

If there is a particular plant that you have an issue with or need help identifying, visit North Carolina Cooperative Extension or call (252) 222-6352.

Written by Michael W. Thomas – Extension Master Gardener Volunteer  – Carteret County