71129Known more as a medicinal herb, and by its Latin name, coneflower or Echinacea, is a delightful prairie wildflower that works just as well in refined home gardens. It blooms in summer and again in autumn, although autumn bloom can be inhibited if plants are not groomed of deteriorating stems from the previous bloom. Like related gaillardia and rudbeckia, coneflower is a nice cut flower.

Flowers start out like any other daisy flower, but then fold back with the long ray florets hanging downward around the more rigid centers of darkly colored disc florets, forming cones. Flowers can stand almost three feet high, mostly on unbranched stems. Many popular varieties stay lower. Leaves and stems are somewhat hairy or raspy. Old varieties were mostly purple or lavender. Newer varieties can be orange, yellow, red, pink, white or green. Big plants can be divided after autumn bloom, or in spring.

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15 thoughts on “Coneflower

    1. Really? I did not know that. I do not grow them because the black-eyed Susan does so well that I never bothered with any other daisy like flowers. Besides, they look sort of wilted to me, with their petals folded back.

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    1. They were a fad here a while back, but like other fads, they seemed to go away. We do not do that prairie style much. Coneflower really seems to be more popular everywhere else, including places away from where prairie landscapes are popular.

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  1. one of my favourites here too! Lots of new colors available, this year I planted a bright red one, last year orange. With the cool wet summer we had mine bloomed all summer, from June to October

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    1. Well, sometimes it is more fun to not know. I know how my Jewels Mix nasturtiums will revert to orange and yellow, and it sort of takes the fun out of it. I would be surprised if there were more reds or soft colors . . . or white or blue or something else that nasturtiums do not do!

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    1. Well, no. I am sorry. I do not grow them from seed. They are somewhat easy to grow from division, so I never had a need to grow them from seed. However, the last bunch that I divided got mown and pulled out by a ‘gardener’ later when I was not there.

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