When can I plant Echinacea in Zone 12a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A way of determining when it's a good idea to plant echinacea is to look at the USDA zone info for Zone 12a.


Planting Calendar for Echinacea

Frost tolerance for echinacea: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Echinacea tend to make it in mild cold which means that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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A good time to plant echinacea
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant echinacea
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The earliest that you can plant echinacea in Zone 12a is January. However, you really should wait until February if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant echinacea and expect a good harvest is probably November. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your echinacea may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your echinacea indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 12a it never frosts. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 50°F.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 12a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12a you do not have to be ready to cover your echinacea if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 12a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 12a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)Never
Average Date of First Frost (fall)Never
Lowest Expected Low50°F
Highest Expected Low55°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 50°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 55°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 12a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 12a.