Echinacea Solar Flare
Echinacea 'Solar Flare' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Coneflower

Echinacea 'Solar Flare' has been a top pick from our Echinacea trials. The colour is electric red tipped magenta with a huge brown cone and dark stems that really set off the flower colour. It is a compact plant with lots of branching and flowers.

  • Height: 61 - 91 cm (24 - 36 in)
  • Spread: 46 - 61 cm (18 - 24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: mid to late summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: magenta red
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and songbirds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Coneflowers are the ideal perennial for hot sunny sites. Plant them in shade and they will flop and produce very few flowers. Loamy, well drained soil is ideal to produce the best bloom and winter hardiness. Heavy soils can lead to winter rot. Leave the seed heads to stand for winter food for finches and other birds.

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