Echinacea Delicious Candy provides jewel-like colour in the border, which lasts from late June to September. The daisy-like blooms of this coneflower are lavishly coloured. The petals, with prettily tripartite incisions to the end, are a deep fuchsia pink and ‘droop’ elegantly down from the cone as the flowers mature. The cone itself comprises a tactile mass of tiny florets which, as they develop, form a satisfying ‘pom-pom’ effect in the same shade of pink.
Deep green, hairy foliage and pretty, purple stems add to the joy of this clump-forming perennial. The long stems of the flowers make them perfect for cutting for arrangements, or leave them in situ to add interest to the autumn border. The cones will attract butterflies in the summer and seed-eating birds later in the year.
Due to the current concerns about our native hedgehog population, it is pleasing to note that the name Echinacea comes from the Ancient Greek word - ekhinos – meaning hedgehog. It is easy to see why.
Pot size: 2L
Common Name: Coneflower
Hardiness: Hardy to –15°C
Height and Spread: 60cm x 40cm
Preferred Soil Type: Well drained
Position: South, East or West facing
Aspect: Full sun/partial shade
Flowering Period: June – September