How & When to Prune Echinacea Plants

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How & When to Prune Echinacea Plants
Echinacea does well in cluster plantings. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Echinacea, also known as coneflower, is a perennial plant that produces dark green leaves and pink, yellow, purple or white flowers. It blooms in the midsummer until the first frost takes the blooms, and provides the garden with a vibrant dash of colour. Pruning echinacea ensures bright blooms the following year.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sharp garden shears

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wait until the flowers of the echinacea are spent and withered. This occurs after the first frost.

  2. 2

    Cut off any spent flowers directly below the flower head using a pair of sharp garden shears. You may see some new flowers that are on the verge of blooming and those should be left where they are to encourage growth in the summer.

  3. 3

    Cut off any withered or damaged leaves at the point where they join the plant.

Tips and warnings

  • Echineacea produces seeds that are food sources for birds. To feed the birds over the winter, avoid pruning the echinacea and allow the birds to eat the seed heads.

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