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The Top 25 Coneflowers

By dave
August 4, 2014

We have almost a thousand images of coneflowers in our database, covering nearly 200 different kinds. But which are the most popular among ATP members? Let's find out!

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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 4, 2014 11:02 AM CST
I always enjoy the 'top favorites' -- and in this case glad to see E. purpurea in 2nd place. I usually root for the basic plant over the fancier hybrids, which I often find more expensive and finicky. How do you determine the favorites - most comments? most 'haves'? most submitted photos? or some combination thereof? Just curious, I always love to scroll through knowing they will all be beauties.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 4, 2014 11:10 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

I essentially give one vote for each person who has contributed to the plant. So if 1 person contributes a comment, an image and has it in their list, then that still counts as one vote. Whichever plants that match my query (in this case, genus = 'Echinacea') have the most votes are then in the list (ordered by vote count, of course.)

At the moment, putting together votes I consider images, comments, and growers reports.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Aug 4, 2014 12:04 PM CST
What about plants that turn up as "favorites" because they have large numbers of negative comments... "don't grow this one!" "doesn't make it through winter" "poor performer" etc

or do you just weed out those "winners?"
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hazelnut
Aug 5, 2014 7:48 AM CST
My favorite is white swan. It has an architectural quality that holds its own in a border.

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