HARDY PERENNIALS: ECHINACEA

E. purpurea. The purple ‘Cone Flower’ is an offshoot from the Rudbeckias and is sufficiently distinct to warrant generic rank. The degree of reflex in the petals varies, as does the colour, for apart from purple shades, of varying intensity, there is a white variety. By far the most spectacular are those with broad petals in which a warm rosy to salmon purple is present, as seen in E. ‘Bressingham Hybrids’. These vary but little in colour and form, being of the same breed as the named variety E. ‘Robert Bloom’. They are outstanding for vigour, erectness and freedom to flower, all growing about 3 feet high and flowering from July to September. An old variety E. ‘The King’ is still offered, but the colour is comparatively dull on stems that do not always stand erectly. E. ‘ White Lustre’ is unusual, having drooping petals and a yellow cone at 3½ feet. To grow these plants well, a sunny position and deep light soil is preferred. They can be left alone for several years where happy, but if dividing, March-April are the best months.

ECHINACEA purpurea 'Bressingham Hybrids'

ECHINACEA purpurea ‘Bressingham Hybrids’

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