We love coneflowers. They are not only beautiful, but pollinator friendly and attract butterflies,. Plus, birds love to eat the seeds in the fall and winter months. Coneflowers are a good choice for adding color to rural gardens as they are easy to care for, bloom for a long time, and are deer resistant.
Coneflower's daisy like flower is actually made up of several small flowers. The petals are sterile and are there to lure insects toward the many fertile flowers in the central disc, or cone.
This particular variety, Echinacea - Green Jewel also has a lovely fragrance. We find the green color a wonderful addition to the summer garden. Plus, it tolerates poor soil and is drought and heat resistent. Sturdy stems need no staking either.
The most popular variety is the purple coneflower. We have several clumps of these growing too. Our favorite is the Pow Wow Wild Berry. It too is a compact plant and a prolific bloomer. We just added it this summer, so it is still rather small. Next year, we expect it to be even showier.
They have been blooming since early summer. A little organic compost tea every now and again, and they are good to go and go and go.