P&PDL Picture of the Week for
February 16, 2009

New Echinacea Cultivars Available

Mike Dana, Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist, Dept of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

Our native purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) has long been a staple of the Indiana perennial garden. Until recently, the range of cultivars in the trade was limited to variations in plant stature, head size, and a range of purple/pink coloration with various whites. Plant breeders have been actively hybridizing lately incorporating several other Echinacea species, including E. paradoxa, E. angustifolia and E. tennesseensis. The results are showing up in the trade with a nice new range of cultivars such as these examples (photos taken in July 2008 at “The Gardens at Ball” West Chicago, IL.) Look for even more color variations in the years to come.

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