Solar Flare Coneflower - Echinacea Big Sky™ 'Solar Flare' PP22133

A remarkable hybrid Coneflower that comes close to producing flowers in near-red. The flowers are large, single and fragrant with petals a deep magenta-red surrounding a dark cone. As the flowers mature, they fade to an attractive smoky-rose. Plants are strong and bushy in habit with near-black stems. Ideal for sunny borders and growing in mixed containers. Attractive to butterflies and excellent for cutting. Coneflowers begin blooming in midsummer and continue for months if faded flowers are regularly removed. Leaving some spent flowers on the plant in the fall will provide food for wintering birds. Dried seed heads also add interest to the winter garden. Part of the Big Sky™ series bred by Richard Saul of ItSaul Plants in Georgia. USPP#22133: unlicensed propagation prohibited.

Water Needs: 
Low
Foliage Color: 
Green
Flower Attributes: 
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Fragrant
Long Bloom Time
Showy Flowers
Landscape Uses: 
Border
Dry Areas
Mass Planting
Garden Styles: 
Cottage
Modern
Traditional
Xeriscape
Light Needs: 
Full Sun
Plant Types: 
Height: 
24-36"
Spread: 
12-24"
Flower Colors: 
Red
Flower Seasons: 
Summer
Fall
Special Features: 
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Dry Areas
Winter Interest
Growth Habits: 
Upright
Cold Hardiness: 
Zone 4
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Plant in moist well drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Feed in spring with an all purpose fertilizer prior to new growth. Cut back spent flowers to promote new blossoms. Divide in the spring every few years to maintain plant vigor.

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