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Coneflower Echinacea

Coneflower Echinacea

Coneflower Echinacea

Coneflower, also known as purple coneflower, is a flowering plant found in dry and sandy areas of the Americas.Tough as nails, Coneflowers (Echinacea) are wonderful additions to the landscape with their brightly colored blossoms to be enjoyed over a long flowering season. Simple to grow, mostly trouble-free, thriving on neglect, these members of the Asteraceae family (along with daisies, sunflowers and asters), are reliable performers that are tolerant to almost everything! Loved by butterflies, birds and bees, Coneflowers have won the hearts and minds of many gardeners and are increasingly in vogue as garden perennials, as cut flowers or landscape plants.

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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.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.Like all members of the sunflower family, the flowering structure is a composite inflorescence, with rose-colored (rarely yellow or white) florets arranged in a prominent, somewhat cone-shaped head – "cone-shaped" because the petals of the outer ray florets tend to point downward (are reflexed) once the flower head opens, thus forming a cone. Plants are generally long lived, with distinctive flowers. The common name "cone flower" comes from the characteristic center "cone" at the center of the flower head. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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