This is one of the Big Sky™ series ( E. paradoxa crossed with E. purpurea ), bearing fragrant, vibrant salmon-orange petals and 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, 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
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Foliage Color : Green
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : North American Natives, Perennials
- Flower Color : Orange
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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