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Butterfly Kisses Coneflower

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This stunning echinacea produces pink pom pom flowers with chartreuse centers and lighter pink ray petals; a perfect choice for planting in groups, along border edges, or in containers; great for flower arrangements; attracts pollinators

Characteristics

Species:
purpurea
Average Landscape Height:
18 inches
Average Landscape Width:
16 inches
Genus:
Echinacea
Cultivar:
Butterfly Kisses
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Eye Color:
chartreuse
Flower Form:
daisy
Flower Fragrance:
medium
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Butterfly Kisses Coneflower has masses of beautiful lightly-scented pink daisy flowers with chartreuse eyes at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Butterfly Kisses Coneflower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Butterfly Kisses Coneflower will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Butterfly Kisses Coneflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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