This is one of the 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 CharacteristicsAttracts butterflies, bees, and birds in winter if cones are left on plant.
CareGrow 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.
PropagationDivide clumps in spring every 3 to 4 years. Take root cuttings from autumn to early winter.
ProblemsLeaf miners, powdery mildew, bacterial spots, and gray mold. Vine weevils may feed on roots.
- Genus : Echinacea
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Characteristics : Attracts Bees, Attracts Birds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut flower, Deer Resistant, Fragrant Flowers, North American Native, Showy Seed Heads
- Uses : Color, Dry areas, Foundation Plantings, Front Yard, Sun
- Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Foliage Color : Green
- Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : North American Natives, Perennials
- Flower Color : Red
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest