|Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'|
These plants are easy to grow - give them full sun and they will reseed and bloom for years on end.
Now the only question is should you deadhead or leave them alone? Deadheading will often bring another flush of blooms. Or you can leave the flower to go to seed for the goldfinches in the winter.
|I don't remember the name of this cultivar|
The name, Echinacea, comes from the Greek echinos meaning "hedgehog." Coneflowers belong to the family Asteraceae, which includes dandelions, black-eyed Susans, and Shasta daises.
Don't like the old fashioned floppy purple coneflower? Don't worry you can find coneflowers that have double flowers, are low growing, or have petals that stand up and in any color your little heart desires.
|Echinacea "Summer Sky"|
|'Pow Wow Wild Berry'|
|Not a clue as to the name of this one|
So this winter as you sit by the fire with hot cocoa in hand and dream of gardening come spring, make plans to add a few Echinaceas.