- in stock
- 6 × 9cm pots
- in stock
- 9cm pot
- Standard £4.95
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: most soils, except very dry or boggy
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large, pale pink, daisy-like flowers with prominent, burnt orange centres appear from July to September. This lovely coneflower grows wild in the North American prairies and glades but looks just as at home in the garden border. The unusual, reflexed petals are much more slender than those of the more common Echinacea purpurea, making it an unusual cut flower. It's a tough plant that does not need staking, and, like other coneflowers, it is long-flowering and will cope well with adverse weather conditions, except drought. Try it dotted through a sunny border or in bold drifts among grasses where it will extend the season of interest. It is attractive to bees and butterflies, and birds will flock to the seedheads.
- Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. In autumn cut back all dead flower stems to the ground. Coneflowers benefit from a spring or autumn mulch with well-rotted compost.