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.
Endemic only to the Ozark region of Arkansas and Missouri, this rare easy-going U.S. native is unique, as the species suggests, for the large ebullient yellow flowers it unfurls rather than the commonly colored purple, pink or white ones. Smooth lance-shaped dark green leaves coupled with hearty light green stalks boost the enchanting perfumed display of slender reflexed petals sashaying around hefty copper-brown central cones. Savored by bees, butterflies and songbirds, especially goldfinch, Yellow Coneflower looks outstanding when massed, lends radiant accents to cut arrangements and produces a robust taproot that tolerates poor soil and drought.
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 10" – 15" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Echinacea Big Sky™ ‘Sunrise’
- Echinacea Big Sky? ‘Sundown’
- Echinacea ‘Harvest Moon™’
- Echinacea pallida
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Kims Knee High’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus Superior’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star (Rubinstern)’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’
- Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top Hybrids’