Sunday, August 23, 2009
Today's Flowers: Three Different Coneflowers
Eastern Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea cvs.
It wouldn’t be summer around here if there wasn’t a lot of Coneflowers being posted on this blog. I ‘discovered’ a few more varieties yesterday while looking at some plants for an upcoming job. The introductions are making it to the nurseries in what seems like waves. Watching the evolution of the Coneflower has been fascinating with a range of emotions from “wow, that flower is drop dead gorgeous”, to “what was that person thinking”. Today’s Cones are:
‘Mac and Cheese’
‘Green Jewel’ is a pretty Coneflower that doesn’t get too tall (24 inches). The green cones are nice but personally I prefer the yellow/orange ones. This flower is less green and doesn’t have the unusual petals of ‘Green Envy’ so it is a little less of a novelty. Overall it seems like it would fit in the garden fairly easily.
‘Pink Poodle’ is a different story. While the color is nice the flowers are too inconsistent looking for me. I think the emerging flowers are the nicest looking. This probably a “what was that person thinking” type of introduction.
‘Mac and Cheese’ is the best yellow Coneflower I have seen yet. ‘Harvest Moon’ (another yellow) is great although it does seem to have some problems returning each year. ‘Mac and Cheese’ is a much darker yellow and it looked like it was growing on a sturdy plant.
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