Tennessee coneflower

Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Tennessee coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top')
eh-kih-NAY-shah ten-ess-ee-EN-sis
Genus:  Echinacea
The 'Rocky Top' hybrid offers the garden an abundance of pastel pink coneflowers with greenish-black cones on plants 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Interestingly, the flowers follow the sun like sunflowers and the petals sometimes curl upward slightly. Use this compact coneflower in borders, meadows, or as cut and dried flowers. E. tennesseensis  was thought to be extinct in the 1960s, but was rediscovered and is now widely available as a garden plant.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Southeastern U.S. native. Attracts butterflies and goldfinches.
Care:  Grow in full sun and poor to moderately fertile, moist soil. Can take drier soil once established. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering, but birds love the seedheads.
Propagation:  Sow seed indoors in spring at 55° F. Take root cuttings in late fall or early winter. Divide every few years.
Problems:  Leaf miners, powdery mildew, bacterial spots, gray mold, vine weevils.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower
Style
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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