coneflower hybrids cross - Knowledgebase Question

Lansing, Mi
Question by reba48910
April 19, 2010
will echinacea hybrids cross if you plant them together or do they stay true to color? I want to creat a coneflower bed with different color plants. will they stay yrue to color or cross and change colors?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2010


Echinacea plants will remain true to their parentage. They won't change colors. However, it is possible for the seeds of your plants to develop into plants of a different color due to cross pollination. Your best defense against this is to routinely deadhead the spent flowers so no seeds will develop and fall to the ground. This way you will have your original plants without the chance of an interloper.

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