Echinacea Kismet® Raspberry Description
Kismet® Raspberry coneflower (Echinacea x) was developed for better winter survival and longer summer bloom. It's win-win! The Kismet® series has proven winter hardy as north as Minnesota, and we are delighted to expand our selection to include this new variety with glowing pink-red blossoms that make any garden come alive.
Highlights of Kismet Raspberry coneflower:
- Prolific -- More blooms than other varieties.
- Dense & compact -- Useful, garden-friendly, compact habit: just 16-18" tall and 24" wide.
- Blooms -- Blooms are proportional to plant size for an appealing look, and are held high above the healthy green foliage. Horizontal (rather than angled-down) petals accentuate the fullness of the flower. Enjoy up to 5 months of colorful blooms!
- Stays fresh -- Even late in the summer season, the blooms look fresh, and ready to pick.
- Cut flower -- Not only are these flowers perfectly formed, but they demonstrate excellent staying power in the vase after cutting. You'll get to enjoy cut flowers well into late summer- early fall.
- Easy to grow -- Not fussy about soil type provided drainage is good. Overwinters well. Low to average water needs once established.
Special features: Blooms first year, Attracts butterflies, Cold hardy, Cut flower, Dried flower, Drought tolerant, Deer resistant, Easy care, Fragrance, Heat tolerant, Attracts hummingbirds, Long blooming
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16-18" x 24"
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Border, Cottage gardening, Massing, Naturalizing, Pollinator specimen, Wildflower
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Soil: Average to sandy soil. Coneflowers do best in well drained with a good amount of organic matter (compost, rotted manure).
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: 16 - 22 inches
Fertilizing: Over fertilizing will cause spindly growth. Fertilize once in the spring with a granular garden fertilizer.
Winterizing: Avoid damp spots and heavy mulching over the plants in winter. Winter 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. First season after transplant, just enjoy your newly planted echinacea flowers all summer, 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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