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Colorful Coneflowers at Nature Hills!

The incredible Coneflower (Echinacea) is a group of herbaceous flowering perennials in the Daisy family. The name is derived from the Greek word echino which means "sea urchin". Once you see the unique spiky domed seed pods in the fall, you'll see the comparison!

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Coneflowers are hardy native wildflowers found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas in many parts of North America. Blooming from early to late summer, these plants display large, colorful heads of composite flowers with bold petals that are pollinator and butterfly favorites!

Coneflowers are excellent, long-blooming herbaceous perennial plants with coarse, scratchy green leaves that are long, oval, and pointed. With great branching and dense growth, even when not in flower, these perennials have fantastic texture!

Many Types of Coneflowers For You To Choose From!

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From the traditional pinkish-purple Ruby Star or Prairie Splendor™ Coneflower, to the more vivid red Coneflowers like PRAIRIE STARS™ Tomato Soup and Sombrero Salsa Red! Snip a few stems for bouquets out of this world!

There are White Swan and Sombrero Blanco, the brilliant Fragrant Angel Coneflower, and the unique Green Envy and Green Jewel! Orange Julia and Artisan™ Red Ombre, or yellow Sombrero Lemon Yellow add fiery warmth!

The demure native forms like Gray-Headed Coneflower or Purple Coneflower can be found rambling through the prairie. Plant throughout the Xeric landscape and use Coneflower as firewise landscaping defensible buffers around your home!

While the double-flowered Hot Papaya, Secret Passion, Lemon Drop Coneflower, Meringue, and Double Scoop have big fluffy petalled domed centers! These unique flower forms are must-haves in the Cottage border and cutting garden!

From the big and tall Magnus Coneflower to the wee little Pixie Meadowbrite and Kim's Knee High™, and every size in between! This gives you plenty of size options for you to fill your garden no matter how much size you have available! Plant in Pollinator Gardens and Rock Gardens for bright hardy color!

Great as specimen plants and accents, Coneflowers work well when planted en masse. Use in borders, native plant gardens, wildflower gardens, or part shade areas of woodland gardens. Coneflowers provide a stunning site when mixed with Sunflowers, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower, and Black-Eyed Susan's!

This bright perennial is often used in herbal remedies too! Boosting immunity and keeping you healthy!

Easy Care Coneflowers

Coneflowers are incredibly easy to care for and do best in full sun, while a few can handle a touch of afternoon shade. Echinacea can be planted in humus-rich, well-drained soil with regular moisture access. But once established, Coneflower can be quite drought-tolerant!

It is best to put a good layer of mulch on the plants in the spring to contain moisture and prevent drying out. Deadheading the fading blooms prolongs the flowering season until frost by bringing on new buds, not to mention plenty of flowers that are great cut flowers!

Once the flowers do get allowed to go to seed in the fall, the songbirds fly in and pluck the seeds out for some fall and winter treats! The dried spiky seed heads are also fantastic additions to dried décor and winter interest.

Prune down the clumps in the early spring before new growth emerges. The clumps should be divided in the spring or autumn every 3-4 years to maintain their vigor.

Check out everything you need to know about Planting and Caring For Perennials in our #ProPlantTips Garden Blog!

Place your Coneflower order today at Nature Hills Nursery!

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