Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) are some of the most popular native plants used in today’s gardens. Their large, colorful flowers bloom throughout much of the summer and also attract a variety of pollinators. Recent breakthroughs in plant breeding have introduced a new an exciting palette of colors, sizes and garden performance to this group of perennials. To asses the garden merits of these new plants, Mt. Cuba Center evaluated 48 selections representing six different species. The results of this study are discussed in the research report “Coneflowers for the Mid-Atlantic Region”. Due to the excitement and rapid development of new coneflower cultivars, some of the top performers from this study may be difficult to find. However, Mt. Cuba Center will be re-evaluating this genus in 2018 in order to develop a more current list of recommended cultivars.
Unfortunately, there are not individual plant descriptions for each coneflower in this trial.
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