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Strong daisy shapes and large flowers, up to 15cm (6in) across, are features of this North American prairie plant which flowers from mid summer to early autumn. The flowers last well and attract bees and other insects, as well as being suitable for cutting. Echinacea is a popular component of the current trend for planting perennails in drifts, along with rudbeckias, achilleas and grasses. Seeds may be saved for sowing in spring.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to divide plants: September to May
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