New Fragrant Coneflowers

By Charlie Nardozzi

<i>Echinacea 'Sunrise'</i>

Coneflowers are well loved as wildflowers, perennial garden flowers, and medicinal herbs. Now you can add "fragrant cut flowers" to their list of assets.

Echinacea 'Sunrise' and Echinacea 'Sunset' are two new crosses of Echinacea purpurea and E. paradoxa that feature sweetly fragrant flowers and pencil-thick stems that are great for cutting.

'Sunrise' grows 18 to 24 inches tall, producing 5-inch-diameter, deep yellow flowers. 'Sunset' grows 30 inches tall and produces 4-inch-diameter, brilliant orange blooms.

Both varieties of echinacea are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9. They are available at mail-order nurseries, such as Wayside Gardens (www.waysidegardens.com).

About Charlie Nardozzi
Thumb of 2020-06-04/Trish/0723fdCharlie Nardozzi is an award winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 30 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. He's the author of 6 books, has three radio shows in New England and a TV show. He leads Garden Tours around the world and consults with organizations and companies about gardening programs. See more about him at Gardening With Charlie.

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