Echinacea Solar Flare
Echinacea purpurea 'Solar Flare' Plant Patent #22,133
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Echinacea Solar Flare is 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. Echinacea purpurea, commonly called purple coneflower, is a coarse, rough-hairy, herbaceous perennial that is native to moist prairies, meadows and open woods of the central to southeastern United States (Ohio to Michigan to Iowa south to Louisiana and Georgia). It typically grows to 2-4' tall. Showy daisy-like purple coneflowers (to 5" diameter) bloom throughout summer atop stiff stems clad with coarse, ovate to broad-lanceolate, dark green leaves. 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. Specific epithet means purple.