Echinacea Clean Up

By clintbrown
August 18, 2015

If you don't like the appearance of your Echinacea seedheads in late summer and early fall, you can still tidy up their appearance and feed the goldfinches and other birds as well. To clean up, I wait until the stalk just below the seedheads turns brown/black. Cut the stalks and bundle like a bouquet and tie to the base of a pole or small tree. I do this so the finches can have the seeds, and it looks neater. The base of a shepherd's hook that holds your birdfeeders is an excellent spot to tie your seed bouquet.

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Aug 22, 2015 5:15 AM CST
Name: Gail
East TN (Zone 6b)
Thanks for the idea. I don't care for the look of the seed-heads, but love attracting the finches.
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Aug 23, 2015 1:37 PM CST
Name: Becky Panetta
Dacula, Georgia (Zone 8a)
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I have seen goldfinches on my seedheads, but haven't been able to take a picture. With this bouquet, I should get them to come where I can have the camera ready! Thanks.
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