An unique introductions is Echinacea purpurea Doubledecker having two tiers of petals.
best in full, mostly sunny, light shade
average, tolerates drier conditions once established
Soil & Site
average, dislikes wet winter soils
base of the flower is typical purple cone flower type of flower, but Double Decker has an extra row of petals on the top of the flower.
achenes in the dried center disk
coarse, most at base of plant, some on stem but smaller
have short bristly hairs
30-40 inches with a spread of up to 18 inches
may 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
may come true from seeds but may only produce single flowers the first year, division
Plant originator was the Eugene Schleipfer of Germany.
Echinacea have beautiful flowers, now available in a wide range of colors, but 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.
Notes & Reference
Echinacea from the Greek term for hedgehog, referring to the spiky appearance of the flower head.