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.
This gorgeous pollinator minion and close Echinacea ‘Magnus’ relation grows slightly shorter and bears large darkly hued carmine-red blooms with petals that extend out from the bronze-colored central cones in a distinctive horizontal fashion. Developed by Germany’s Jelitto Seeds and touted as one of the best in the genus, ‘Ruby Star’s sturdy lanceolate dark greenery can be added to meadows, perennial borders and wildflower gardens amid Rudbeckia ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’, Veronicastrum ‘Challenger’ and Molinia ‘Purple Infusion’. It nourishes Goldfinches and heroically tackles clay, poor soil, heat, humidity and dry conditions.
Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Echinacea Big Sky™ ‘Sunrise’
- Echinacea Big Sky? ‘Sundown’
- Echinacea ‘Harvest Moon™’
- Echinacea pallida
- Echinacea paradoxa
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Kims Knee High’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus Superior’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’
- Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top Hybrids’