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Echinacea

Common name: Coneflower

Easy to grow, these bold, tough perennials are increasingly popular in gardens. Flowering in late summer, they combine well with other late perennials and grasses, especially in prairie-style plantings. The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.

Looks

Large daisy flowers – white, pink, red or orange – with a contrasting central rounded to cone-shaped boss are carried on sturdy, branching stems above clumps of rough, dark green leaves.

Likes

Coneflowers need a position in full sun in soil that drains easily, tolerating dry soil.

Dislikes

Coneflowers do not flower freely in shade. They prefer being planted in spring and summer, as autumn plantings are more prone to rotting off in winter, especially on wet or heavy soils. They also dislike being disturbed, so plants are best allowed to form large clumps.

Did you know?

These plants have long been used in complementary medicines, believed by some to have an immunological effect.

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