When can I plant Purple Coneflower in Zone 12a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first opportunity to plant purple coneflower in Zone 12a can be estimated by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Purple Coneflower

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

You can plant purple coneflower just a tiny bit earlier in the year because they do ok in moderate cold.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant purple coneflower
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant purple coneflower
Probably not a good time to plant purple coneflower

The earliest that you can plant purple coneflower 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 purple coneflower and expect a good harvest is probably November. Any later than that and your purple coneflower may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your purple coneflower indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 12a is not always accurate our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12a you do not have to be ready to protect your purple coneflower in the event of one of those late frosts.

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.