Coneflower

Echinacea 'Sundown'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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Coneflower (Echinacea 'Sundown')
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Synonyms:  'Evan Saul'
Genus:  Echinacea

This is one of the exceptional Big Sky™ series ( E. paradoxa crossed with E. purpurea ), bearing fragrant, russet-orange petals and reddish-brown central cones. These hybrids have all inherited the large green leaves, strong branching stems, wide flower petals, and profuse blooming tendencies of E. purpurea .

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Attracts butterflies, bees, and birds in winter if cones are left on plant.

Care: 

Grow in deep, well-drained soil in full sun. It is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity, and poor soils. Cut back stems to promote more flowering and reduce excessive self-seeding. Deadheading prolongs flowering. 

Propagation: 

Divide clumps in spring every 3 to 4 years. Take root cuttings from autumn to early winter.

Problems: 

Leaf miners, powdery mildew, bacterial spots, and gray mold. Vine weevils may feed on roots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Song Birds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

Echinacea 'Sundown'