Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionCan't decide between a red echinacea and a purple one? Lakota™ Fire (Echinacea hybrid) gives you both colors! The first coneflower to earn a spot in the Proven Winners brand, that's how you know this bright beauty is special. Enjoy blooms all summer long; without the work, no deadheading is required. Its short, dense habit is perfect for perennial and pollinator gardens. This coneflower also makes a fantastic cut flower; get a few so you can enjoy its blooms indoors and out!
DetailsBotanical name: Echinacea Lakota Fire Common name: Coneflower Zone: 4 - 8 Sun exposure: Full sun Height x width: 12-16" X 16-18" Flower color: Mix Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Summer thru fall Uses: Border, Pollinator gardens, Massing, Naturalizing, Specimen, Wildflower. How To GrowSoil: Average to dry 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 bloom much better with regular watering. Spacing: 15 - 18 inches Fertilizing: Little needed. Too much fertilizer causes spindly growth. Winterizing: Avoid damp spots and do not heavily mulching over crowns 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, 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 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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Blooming now in November zone 8B, beautiful pinkish flowers. Butterflies love it! So far all plants from GGP arrive healthy, good sized, ready to plant.
Arrived healthy and ready to plant!
The plants were perfectly packaged and healthy upon arrival. Took nicely to their spots in the garden and I know I'll enjoy them for years to come.
Lakota fire coneflower
Arrived beautifully packaged and very healthy! Shipped fast and looked great even though it was hot. Great plant, been in the ground less than a week and still high temps and with extra watering is thriving!
They all died! I even have an automatic sprinkler and for whatever reason they no longer exist, but everything else in my flowerbeds are OK.
Flowers came well packaged but there is literally not on flower bud on them extremely dissatisfied. How do I get a refund or exchange