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Yellow coneflower paint

Yellow coneflower paint

Yellow coneflower paint

Echinacea (Coneflower) are famous for their brown or black center cones and purple daisy-like rays. Though a plethora of coneflowers are available in a wide variety of colors besides purple, they are hybrids. Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) is the only species in the genus that produces yellow flowers.

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Yellow coneflowers thrive in alkaline soil conditions, but they tolerate a variety of soil conditions. With a deep taproot, they have access to water and nutrients that are found deep in the soil. This makes them hardy and tolerant of a wide array of soil types from dry and poor to moist and rich. As previously noted, yellow coneflowers are drought-tolerant. Therefore, these plants do not need to be watered often. The most common scenarios for a more rigorous watering schedule are during extended periods with no rainfall or when new plants are becoming established. When watering yellow coneflowers, water deeply so that the moisture reaches their taproots.

by either sowing seeds in the fall to allow this process to naturally occur over winter or by mixing the seeds with damp sand or vermiculite in a sealed plastic bag and placing the bag in the refrigerator for one to two months.Because potted plants do not have access to nutrients found in garden bed soil, fertilizing your potted coneflower might be necessary. Feed your plants with a well-balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month. By planting it in tall pot with good drainage, these yellow bloomers will grow anywhere they receive plenty of sunshine. (Source: www.thespruce.com)

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Grows in limestone and dolomite glades, balds, upland prairies, and savannas; also along roadsides. This species is nearly endemic to the Ozarks; that is, it occurs only in the Ozarks and no where else in the world. Like other members of its genus, it is targeted by root collectors who vandalize high-quality glades and prairies in public lands so they can sell the roots.

Similar species: Our other coneflowers all have ray flowers that are pink or purplish pink. This is the only one with yellow ray flowers; this curious trait explains the species name, paradoxa. This species apparently sometimes hybridizes with other coneflowers. Hybrids usually have mottled or variegated ray corollas that can be a mix of pink and purple or may be orangish. Look for these in sites where yellow coneflower grows nearby the other species. (Source: mdc.mo.gov)

 

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