Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High'

Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea  'Kim's Knee High'

Common Name: Coneflower
Genus: Echinacea
Species: purpurea
Cultivar: 'Kim's Knee High'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.55 m (55 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Brown, Pink, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

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

This Echinacea is particularly striking because of the deep pink petals that are so reflexed that they look as if they have been through a windtunnel. The prominent centre of the daisy-like flowers is orange-brown. It's a compact variety that is a relative to 'Kim's Mop Head'. Like other coneflowers it is long-flowering and will cope well with adverse weather conditions except drought. Try it dotted through the middle of 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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