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Talking about Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) on May 26, Cyclaminist wrote:

A long and lanky coneflower. It has thinner petals (technically, petaloid rays) than Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) , a more commonly grown species, but is more drought-tolerant. I grow it on a hill that dries out fast, and now that it's established, it shouldn't need watering. E. purpurea would wilt and die if it were planted in the same place. Similar to Narrow-leaf Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) .
Talking about Tennessee Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top') on October 23, Bluespiral wrote:

This plant was originally purchased from a local nursery, and we have been enjoying its flowers while deer mosey through, leaving them untouched. I have also been collecting seed for seed exchanges from this flower, and was startled to learn from a very knowledgeable friend that E. tennesseensis was originally considered sterile and did not produce seeds. She thinks seeds that come from this plant might be a result of E. tennesseensis crossing with E. purpurea, somewhere in the past.

Some years, during July - August, she drives through the Kentucky mountains, and over the border in Tennessee, looms a mountain with its peak above the clouds, with this wild flower blooming near its top.

Why did she tell me this? Because I called this flower "boring". The mountain's name is Rarity.

ps - In 2011, E. tennesseensis was taken off the Endangered Species List, although it is still considered endangered by the USDA. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden*, [the Tennessee Coneflower must be isolated several miles from other echinacea species to maintain its genetic integrity.]

*http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=r430. Last sentence is paraphrased from this link.

pps - Now, how does a sterile wild flower flourish on earth without making seeds for millions of years? Same question might apply to the ubiquitous ditch lily - how can Hemerocallis fulva survive so successfully without making seeds??
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Secret Affair') on October 22, BookerC1 wrote:

May appear to be a single bloom when it first opens, displaying a row of pink florets. As it ages, the crested center will become fuller and more prominent, until it forms a nearly sphere-shaped bloom, with the florets bending downward toward the stem.

Very dramatic and appealing in the border, with good drought resistance once established.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Green Envy') on September 24, NHJenDion wrote:

While I have read mixed reviews of this variety, I like it. The flowers slowly lose the green as the pink area of the petals enlarges. Seems fairly long lived (so far it's 5+ years old). As with most echinacea (to my knowledge), it does not always come true to seed.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Secret Lust') on August 21, Joy wrote:

So far this is a longer-lived Echinacea than some of the other hybrid Echinaceas I've tried. Seems many of the newer echies are just short-lived perennials, lasting only 2 or 3 years. This one's been growing happily in my garden for four years now. Good performer. I'll update if that changes next year.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Gum Drop') on August 21, Joy wrote:

This pretty pink Echinacea, so far, is longer-lived than some of the other hybrid Echinaceas I've tried. Seems many of the newer echie's are just short-lived perennials, lasting 2 or 3 years. This one's been growing happily in my garden for four years now. I'll update if that changes next year.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Now Cheesier') on August 21, Joy wrote:

This is one of my favorite Echinaceas. It's such a cheerful, "stop you in your tracks," BRIGHT bloom. Unfortunately, it's one of those short-lived perennials. It only lasted 3 years in my garden. But given the chance, I'd buy this one again, because it's a really good performer that makes me smile every time I look at it.
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') on February 5, jmorth wrote:

An attractive plant that's been blooming here for over a dozen years. This cultivar has a commanding presence in the garden. Magnus is a super butterfly magnet, enticing several native butterflies to "drink from its cup." Easy to sow seed in place or transplant clumps to establish a stand. Magnus has a long blooming period culminating in mid-summer. Seed pods furnish seed to goldfinches (and other birds) in the fall.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Coconut Lime') on September 19, mom2goldens wrote:

I have had this plant in my garden for 6-7 years. It has been the hardiest of my hybrid echinaceas and has an amazingly long bloom time. Also does very well as a cut flower: Holds up well in a vase. Plants bloom from mid-summer till frost in my garden without any special care. It also seems more resistant to rabbits than some of my other echinaceas. Truly one of my favorite plants for its color, bloom time, and hardiness.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Southern Belle') on August 29, 4susiesjoy wrote:

This flower is one of the longest-blooming perennial flowers in my garden, starting in late spring and blooming until hard frost. It has also been the longest lived of the newer hybrid coneflowers that I've tried. It has lived through the last three winters, the last one of which was very long and cold. It has been one of the top attention draws of people who have toured my gardens, and it blooms well if it is hot weather or cold weather, I would definitely recommend it!
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Sombrero Flamenco Orange') on August 28, clintbrown wrote:

Echinacea 'Sombrero Flamenco Orange' is an excellent fragrant orange coneflower. It has excellent basal branching, which should make it more winter hardy than other orange Echinaceas available. It is more hardy and vigorous than 'Tiki Torch,' with many more blooms per plant.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Flame Thrower') on August 28, SCButtercup wrote:

Even though a previous poster found this plant to be hardy, it is the only echinacea that I have ever lost. It may be that the plant I bought was frail, but it looked pretty good, though small, its first year. Never did come back, so I don't think I'll try it again. Instead, I'm growing Cheyenne Spirit from seed, which may have some orange-flowered varieties.
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') on August 24, SCButtercup wrote:

This is a tall variety of echinacea and looks great next to the equally tall echinacea 'Fragrant Angel' (white) or as a backdrop for echinaceas of the PowWow series, which tend to be pretty short. Magnus comes true to seed, which is another plus because you can expand and fill in your garden economically.
Talking about White Coneflower (Echinacea 'Fragrant Angel') on August 24, SCButtercup wrote:

Tough plant, grows well in dry or wet years, and yes: It does have a lovely scent, especially in the afternoon. The first year the scent was not noticeable, but now that I have a mature plant the scent is strong and adds to the beauty of this plant. Taller than I expected, so take note of 3' height when planning where to put it.
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') is a very attractive plant to pollinators and an important source of nectar for many butterfly species. Monarchs, Red Admirals, Sulphurs, Fritillaries, Skippers, Swallowtails, and other butterflies enjoy this plant. In addition, Echinacea purpurea has special value to native bees, particularly bumble and leafcutter bees.

Birds enjoy the seedheads.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Happy Star') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Happy Star') is a very attractive plant to pollinators and an important source of nectar for many butterfly species. Monarchs, Red Admirals, Sulphurs, Fritillaries, Skippers, Swallowtails, and other butterflies enjoy this plant. In addition, Echinacea purpurea has special value to native bees, particularly bumble and leafcutter bees.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Secret Affair') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Echinacea 'Secret Affair' is a very pretty double-blossomed coneflower with an early to mid summer bloom time. It is also fragrant.

Unlike single-blossomed Echinacea, the double-blossomed cultivars like 'Secret Affair' do not attract pollinators. The bees and butterflies seem to not be able to access the nectar easily through the thick bloom cover, and so pass it by. If you are looking for a lovely dusty pink blossom color, this is it. If you are looking to attract the pollinators, you'll want to choose a single-bloom cultivar instead.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Raspberry Truffle') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Echinacea 'Raspberry Truffle' is a very pretty double-blossomed coneflower with an early to mid summer bloom time. Unlike single-blossomed Echinacea, the double-blossomed cultivars like 'Raspberry Truffle' do not attract pollinators. The bees and butterflies seem to not be able to access the nectar easily through the thick bloom cover, and so pass it by. If you are looking for a unique and pretty blossom color, this is it. If you are looking to attract the pollinators, you'll want to choose a single-blossom cultivar instead.
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) on August 2, Catmint20906 wrote:

Echinacea purpurea is an important nectar source for many butterfly species.

This plant has special value to native bees, including bumble and leafcutter species.
Talking about Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) on August 1, Catmint20906 wrote:

According to NPIN, Echinacea pallida has special value to native bees.

Echinacea pallida is a preferred source of nectar for a variety of bees and butterflies.
A variety of bee species are attracted to this plant including longhorned, sweat, leafcutter, brownbelted bumble, and mining bees.


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