A coppery orange purple coneflower, part of the Meadowbrite series.
full, mostly sunny, light shade
average, tolerates drier conditions
Soil & Site
average, dislikes wet winter soils
4" coppery orange flowers with a russet orange central cone with a subtly fragrant orange spice smell
achenes in the dried center disk
coarse, most at base of plant, some on stem but smaller
tout with short bristly hairs
Reaches 3 feet tall, space 18-24" on center.
will reseed in the garden, many times reseeded plants will not be the same as parents, cut back stout stem in fall or leave for winter interest
many not come true from seeds, best by division
Originated by Jim Ault in the Meadowbrite breeding program at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.
Echinacea from the Greek word echinos meaning Hedgehog, like the flowers spiny receptacles
Echinacea have beautiful flowers, now available in a wide range of colors. The foliage is on the coarse side and many times starts to fade a way or deteriorate sooner than other plants. Using in combination with other plants will help mask these problems. I like to leave the flower heads on during the winter, since birds will dine on the seeds.