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Cone flower

Cone flower

Cone flower

Coneflowers are a perennial that are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4-8 and produce a number of flowers on a long, unbranched stalk reaching 3 to 4 feet tall. They bloom in colors of scarlet, pink, purple, white and yellow in the summer months. Depending on the variety, the single flowers may be about 1-4 inches across, and the flowers are extremely fragrant. The common name for this

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Echinacea /ˌɛkɪˈneɪʃiÉ™/ is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. It has ten species, which are commonly called coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming in summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἐχá¿–νος (ekhinos), meaning "sea urchin", due to the spiny central disk. These flowering plants and their parts have different uses. Some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. Two of the species, E. tennesseensis and E. laevigata, are listed in the United States as endangered species. Purple Coneflower is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family that is native to central and eastern USA. It may grow 3 to 4 feet tall and produce pinkish-purple flowers that mature in early summer through mid-fall. Many cultivars are available for varied sizes and colors. Several pollinators are attracted to the flower, especially butterflies. Leave some of the flower heads on to produce seeds for the birds. #purple#drought tolerant#perennials#white flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#red flowers#native perennials#salt tolerant#tough plant#low maintenance#apvg#food source wildlife#cpp#fire medium flammability#NC native#summer flowers#children's garden#playground plant#naturalizes#pollinator plant#native wildflower#fantz#flowers late spring#larval host plant#food source summer#food source fall#NC Native Pollinator Plant#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#nectar plant early summer#nectar plant mid-summer#nectar plant late summer#HS302#apvg-p#pollinator garden#bee friendly#Audubon#wavy-lined emerald butterfly#silvery checkerspot butterfly#stormwater demo garden orange co Why grow coneflowers in the first place? That’s easy: They’re carefree plants that grow happily in almost any kind of soil. They’ll withstand nearly anything that Mother Nature can throw at them, including bitter cold winters and hot, dry summers. The perky blooms last a long time and make nice cut bouquets. Butterflies and bees flock to the flowers, and birds will come to your garden in fall and winter to eat the seedheads. That sounds like enough reasons for any gardener to take a second look at coneflowers! When it comes to the old-fashioned pink-purple or white coneflower, there isn’t an easier plant to grow. As long as you put the plant in the ground right side up, it should be fine! Coneflowers like plenty of sun and average, well-drained soil. Like any perennial, you’ll want to water new plants the first summer, to get them safely established. After that, you’re off the hook! The yellow, orange and red ones can be a little tougher to get to survive for several years. Take a look at our tips below to get the most out of your coneflowers.

 

Coneflowers grow well from seed and can be divided to make new plants. They can also be grown from stem cuttings, but often with less success. They're easily found in garden centers and can also be purchased via mail order. Coneflowers start blooming in early summer and will repeat-bloom throughout the first frost. They may take a break after their initial bloom period, but they will quickly set more flower buds.Echinacea are a great choice for pollinator-friendly or butterfly gardens. All summer, clouds of butterflies find the Coneflower blossoms irresistible, sipping their nectar. Their cone-shaped flower heads, resembling hedgehogs with their spiny appearance, are also very attractive to birds who will feast on their seeds. Allow a few stems to set seeds and sprinkle the seeds from the dried cones in the fall and your Echinacea plants will reseed, with new blossoms growing the following season.More than just a pretty face! Award-winner Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' is a sun-loving perennial that stands out with its bold, giant flowers whose rosy purple petals are held out flat rather than drooping like most coneflowers. Vivid and vigorous, this attractive coneflower is really worthy of interest with its long lasting blooms and its tolerance of almost everything. Extremely showy, this fabulous herbaceous perennial blooms profusely from early summer to late summer and grows in clumps up to 3 feet tall (90 cm) Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry' is a clear Gold Medal contender for the incredible color or its blossoms, its outstanding performance, and excellent branching habit that results in more blossoms per plant - an awesome addition to the garden. Retaining their color as they mature, the bright deep purple-pink to magenta flowers, up to 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm), are beautifully carried on sturdy, well-branched stems. An early bloomer, this Coneflower has a compact habit and shines in the garden from late spring to late summer, sometimes with additional sporadic bloom until frost. Perfect for small gardens and containers. Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinglow' is an outstanding short-stemmed variety of Coneflower with big, heavily petaled brilliant magenta flowers surrounding dark brown central cones. Standing out, this sun-loving perennial is considered as first choice by many gardeners. Vivid and vigorous, this attractive coneflower is really worthy of interest with its long lasting blooms and its tolerance of almost everything! Will bloom profusely from early summer to late summer and grows up to 28 in. tall (70 cm)Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' adds a touch of elegance to the borders with its large, pure white flowers, reflexing away from their coppery-brown, spiky central cone. Sweetly honey scented, this attractive coneflower is really worthy of interest with its slightly drooping, large petals, its long lasting blooms and its tolerance of almost everything! Extremely showy and vigorous, this fabulous herbaceous perennial blooms profusely from early summer to late summer and grows up to 2-3 feet tall (60-90 cm) (Source: www.gardenia.net)

 

 

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