Echinacea Harvest Moon
Echinacea 'Matthew Saul' Plant Patent #17,652
Echinacea are easy-to-grow natives that bloom heavily from summer to fall.
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Echinacea HARVEST MOON is a new hybrid coneflower in the Big Sky Series from Richard Saul of Itsaul Nurseries in Atlanta, Georgia. It is reportedly the result of 2003 cross-pollination of two unnamed Echinacea hybrid selections. This is an upright and columnar plant with free branching that typically grows in a clump to 24-29” tall and to 18" wide on sturdy stems that do not need staking. It is noted for its large, slightly-fragrant coneflowers (to 2 1/2” diameter) featuring downward-sloping, deep golden yellow rays with orange center cones. Flowers bloom from late spring to late summer, sometimes with additional sporadic bloom until frost. chinacea is a genus of seven species all endemic to eastern and central North America. Coneflowers bloom from June to August with some sporadic later bloom. Good fresh cut or dried flower. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter, and if flower heads are not removed, the blackened cones may be visited by goldfinches or other birds that feed on the seeds. Genus name of Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos meaning hedgehog or sea-urchin in reference to the spiny center cone found on most flowers in the genus.