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Echinacea 'Sundown' (Coneflower)

Echinacea 'Sundown' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of White Flower Farm


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Echinacea 'Sundown' eh-kih-NAY-shah Common Name: Coneflower 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.
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
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Flowers; Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Brown Flower; Orange/ Salmon Flower; Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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