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Back to trial Echinacea for the Mid-Atlantic Region

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Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’

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Summary

Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’ ranked among the top performing coneflowers in our first trial in 2009 and is again one of the most outstanding cultivars we evaluated. ‘Pica Bella’ is a compact and floriferous form of the species that originated as a seedling of Echinacea purpurea ‘Abenstem’. While many Echinacea cultivars in the market today showcase vibrant blooms that can look out of place in a naturalistic setting, the floral display of ‘Pica Bella’ resembles that of Echinacea purpurea, allowing for its effortless incorporation into a broad range of garden designs. In addition to excelling in all horticultural aspects, this cultivar was also a favorite among pollinators that flocked to its prominent orange cones. Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’ has withstood the test of time and proven once again that it deserves a place in gardens of the mid-Atlantic region.


Details

  • Rating
    5.0 (Top Performer) 
  • Common Name
    Pica Bella purple coneflower  
  • Bloom Period
    late June-mid July 
  • Peak Bloom
    early July 
  • Flower Size
    4” 
  • Size
    31” x 32” 
  • Flower Type
    Single 
  • Pollinator Watch
    Pollinator Favorite