Coneflowers (Echinacea) Offer Spectacular Late Summer Color

 

What started on the prairie is now one of the splashiest perennials for your garden. Through cross hybridizing, growers have been able to take what was once only available in yellow and purple, have produced colors across the spectrum. As a result, we now have a vast array of colors available from this very easy to grow native plant.

Growing Coneflowers

Coneflowers require full sun but will tolerate a little sparse shade. Young plants require a little extra water but as they mature, coneflowers are one of the most drought tolerant plants available. The prefer well drained soil.

Pests and Diseases

Deer do not seem to bother mature coneflowers but some damage has been reported on younger, tender plants. As always, deer do not tend to read this blog and do not always adhere to these findings and may eat some leaves if they are hungry enough.

Other than that, not much bothers coneflowers!

Special Features

Coneflowers are excellent for attracting birds, butterflies and other pollinators. They may be used as cut flowers, in containers and in mass plantings. Coneflowers are also fragrant.

Our Favorite Coneflower Varieties

 

Echinacea X Rudbeckia ‘Summerina Brown’

Height: 1.5′-2′

Color: Orange

 

 

 

Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’

Height: 2.5′-3′

Color: Pink

 

 

 

 

Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’

Height: 2.5′-3′

Color: Purple

 

 

 

 

Echinacea ‘Colorburst Orange’

Height: 2′-3′

Color: Orange

 

 

 

 

Echinacea ‘Leilani’

Height: 3′-4′

Color: Yellow

 

 

 

 

Echinacea purpurea ‘Milkshake’

Height: 2′-3′

Color: White

 

 

 

 

 

Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’

Height: 1′-2′

Color: Pink

 

 

 

 

About RightPlantz.com

Growing Better Gardeners is not just our tagline, it is our mission.

Whether you are a novice gardener or an expert, RightPlantz.com is packed with useful and clear information to help you be a better gardener. RightPlantz.com brings together homeowners with Landscape Pros to create a community of passionate gardeners.