Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Elton Knight' ('Elbrook')

Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea  'Elton Knight'  ('Elbrook')

Common Name: Coneflower
Genus: Echinacea
Species: purpurea
Cultivar: 'Elton Knight' ('Elbrook')

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Long flowering period
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.65 m (65 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.80 m (80 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This is a new slightly later-flowering variety of coneflower which has recently been given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. It has pretty pinky-purple daisy-like flowers with reflexed petals from late July into the autumn. It's a tough plant that does not need staking and like other coneflowers is long-flowering and will cope well with adverse weather conditions except drought. Try it dotted through a sunny mixed border or in bold drifts among grasses where it will extend the season of interest. It is attractive to bees and butterflies and birds will flock to the seedheads.

Garden Care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. In autumn cut back all dead flower stems to the ground. Coneflowers benefit from a spring or autumn mulch with well-rotted compost.


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