Echinacea Solar Flare Description
Bold and beautiful REBLOOMER! Striking honey-scented daisy blooms loved by butterflies!
The purple coneflower is a dependable, dramatic plant with stiff skyward stems and unmistakable central daisy like flower. Tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. They begin their showy performance in summer and continue well into fall. A must have for the butterfly garden and for fresh cut arrangements.
Large 3" brilliant coral red flowers (shaped flat like a daisy) are held high above black-purple stems. Mound forming perennial that clumps up fast ensuring lots of long lasting blooms. Grows 24-36" high x 18-24" wide.
Special Note from Mary - I first saw this in the breeders garden (Itsaul Plants) in Georgia a few years ago. Highly impressed with both flower color and dark stem color! This is a terrific clumper with attractive green foliage. These folks have been breeding Coneflowers for many years! Solar Flare was selected from thousands of seedlings and it's a real standout! Pictures do not do justice to the beauty and color of this plant!
How To Grow Coneflowers
This stalwart American native thrive in humus-rich soil in sun to part shade with good drainage. Give them space between other perennials. This variety NEVER needs staking
Designing with Coneflowers
A welcome addition to the wildflower garden, butterfly garden. Intersperse in the perennial border. Pair with blues: such as Caryopteris, Geranium Rozanne, Perovskia or Stokesia. Combine with warm colors such as Coreopsis Daybreak or Zagreb. Mix and match with other coneflowers varieties. Combine with shrubs, Knock Out Roses, or drought proof Sedums.
Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Everblooming, Fragrance, Long Blooming
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- Botanical Name:
Echinacea 'Solar Flare'
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- Height x Width:
24-36" X 18-24"
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Mid Summer-Early Fall
Border, Cottage Gardening, Massing, Naturalizing, Specimen, Wildflower
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AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: 122133
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Soil: Average to sandy soil. They do best in soil that is high in organic matter, and well drained.
Light: Full sun -- Plant them in a spot that gets at least 5 hours of full sun a day. They will tolerate partial shade, but plants may flop or strain to reach the sun.
Water: Average -- Water regularly the first season to encourage good root growth. Coneflowers are often listed as drought tolerant, and though they do handle the heat of summer very well once established, they will do much better with regular watering.
Spacing: 24 inches
Fertilizing: Over fertilizing will cause spindly growth, so keep Echinacea on a lean diet; fertilizing just once in the spring with an organic fertilizer.
Winterizing: Avoid damp spots and heavy mulching over crowns in winter. Too much moisture can cause fungus or rot. Leave the foliage standing for winter, (birds enjoy the seed heads), and trim back, or remove spent foliage in early spring before new growth emerges.
Maintenance & Pruning: Once planted, they are best left alone, as they do not transplant well. They are prolific bloomers, and snipping off the spent blooms will keep them blooming. Luckily, each flower remains in bloom for several weeks. The first season after transplant, just enjoy your newly planted Echinacea flowers all summer, and then clip off all flowers at the end of August. If the plant starts to form new buds in September, clip these off before they open. Leave the plant in place all fall; don't cut it down in your fall cleanup. Given this treatment the first season your plants will build a strong root system that will promote hardy, robust growth for years to come. After the first year you can deadhead throughout the growing season, allowing the plant to flower in the fall.
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