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Commonly known as Coneflower
Echinacea and its relative Rudbeckia are the coneflowers from North America.
The former is the perennial for borders and open woodland, the latter often grown for naturalising in a meadow or, as cultivar hirta, as an annual for infilling and borders.
Echinacea is a genus of 9 species of bold, stiff perennials from dry prairies, gravelly hillsides and open woodland in central and eastern North America. the name is derived from the Greek for hedgehog.
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - perennials. Erect, hairy stems with bristly, dark-green leaves. Solitary flowers are daisy-like in colours of purple, red and pink. Central discs are cone-shaped.
Full sun - - will tolerate some shade.
Additional Features - Good to know - wildlife plant - late source of nectar for bees and butterflies. Cutting stems as flowers fade will encourage further flowering. Will grow in open woodland.
Pests & Diseases - none.
Place of origin - central and eastern North America.
Soil Conditions - Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil - deep, humus-rich.
Wildlife - Butterfly friendly
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