Coneflower

Echinacea 'Sundown' (Big Sky Series)

Coneflower - Echinacea  'Sundown' (Big Sky Series)

Common Name: Coneflower
Genus: Echinacea
Cultivar: 'Sundown' (Big Sky Series)

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

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

Brilliant orange daisy like flowers with reflexed petals that flare out from prominent reddish-brown centres appear from June to August. The flowers are held on erect stems with broad basal leaves. This is a tough vigorous (though not invasive) plant that does not need staking and also makes an excellent cut flower. If dead headed regularly it will flower profusely for up to three months and it copes well with adverse weather conditions except drought. Try it dotted through a sunny mixed border in bold drifts among ornamental grasses or as part of a 'hot' colour scheme. It is attractive to bees and butterflies and birds will flock to the seed heads.

  • Garden Vare: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. 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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