Notable for a dashing display of bold, daisy-like cut flowers and an easy-to-get-along-with personality, Echinacea is favored by beginning and experienced gardeners for its colorful yet indestructible nature. Sculpted with prominent raised central cones, the hefty flower heads of this summer-blooming perennial are lifted above the greenery on sturdy stems, which are firm enough to hold them without staking. Native to the eastern and central U.S., the dark green, lanceolate leaves are reminiscent of a close relative, Rudbeckia. Perfect in a perennial border or peppered throughout a meadow garden, Coneflower’s erect stalks complement the more relaxed look of other plants.
Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’ (P-1692)
If you’re looking for a new Echinacea that possesses plenty of fortitude, you’ll definitely want to consider this floriferous beauty. Dressed in dazzling watermelon-pink shades, uniquely slender petals, featuring upturned margins, are widely spaced and extend horizontally from large nearly iridescent orange-bronze cones that goldfinches love to visit. Noteworthy among Echinaceas for its fine textured floral parade, ‘Pica Bella’ stands steady on compact brawny stalks garbed with tapering, toothed green leaves.
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Echinacea Big Sky™ ‘Sundown’
- Echinacea Big Sky™ ‘Sunrise’
- Echinacea ‘Harvest Moon™’
- Echinacea pallida
- Echinacea paradoxa
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Kims Knee High’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus Superior’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star (Rubinstern)’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’
- Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top Hybrids’