Native plants, perennials, wildflowers
“Echinacea” is derived from the Greek word echinos which means sea-urchin or hedgehog, referring to the pointy cone found in the center of flowers in this genus.
Coneflower is one of the toughest perennials, tolerating dry, droughty soil and hot summer sun; after a big summer display plants flower sporadically until frost; both the pink and white cultivars make good cut flowers. It is a favorite nectar source for bees and butterflies while in bloom, and the seeds provide a much-needed winter food source for birds. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
Summer to fall
Rose pink, white
Beds, borders, meadow plantings, cut flower gardens
USDA hardiness zone 3-8
Division in Spring, root cuttings
Full sun to part shade
Well-drained, dry to medium.
Mountains, Piedmont Coastal plain
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