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The coneflower is an ornamental flower of the genus Echinacea. The Latin name of this plant is Echinacea augustifolia. This plant produces a free-flowering white to purple or pink flower (according to species) with five pink-tipped petals in the center of a cone-shaped arrangement of leaves.Bright, upright plants, coneflowers are a North American perennial in the Daisy family (Asteraceae). Specifically, the plant is native to the eastern United States, from Iowa and Ohio south to Louisiana and Georgia. They grow 2 to 4 feet in height with dark green foliage. They are fast growers and self-sow their seeds profusely. These midsummer bloomers can flower from midsummer through fall frost! Their genus name Echinacea comes from the Latin name for hedgehog, echinus, referring to the often prickly lower stem of the plant. Coneflowers have raised cone-like centers (hence, their name) which contain seeds that attract butterflies.
To create an ideal environment for coneflower roots to grow strong, improve your native in-ground soil by mixing 3 inches of Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers in with the top 6 inches of existing soil. This rich, nutrient-filled garden soil has Moisture Control® technology, which helps protect plants during those times when they accidentally get too much—or too little—water. Plus, when you use Miracle-Gro® soil and plant food (and follow all the directions), you’ll get up to triple the flowers over the growing season (vs. unfed)—so be sure to check out the "How to Feed Coneflowers" section below. Just planting one coneflower? Dig a hole and blend garden soil with the soil you just dug up in a 50:50 ratio.Coneflowers have strong stems to go along with their big flowerheads, so they rarely need to be staked.
Want loads of gorgeous flowers? Start to feed your coneflowers in the spring with Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Bloom Booster® Plant Food as new leaves are sprouting. This flower feast starts to work instantly and will help your plants get bigger and produce more blooms. It won’t take any extra time to feed with water soluble fertilizer, either, as you can do it while watering.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! (Source: www.gardengatemagazine.com)