Echinacea Paradise Mix by Renee's Garden
Butterfly Flowers: Paradise Mix Echinacea
EXCLUSIVE - These sturdy, long-lived perennial prairie flowers sport a pretty skirt of vibrant ray petals around cone shaped centers. Well-established plants are sensational focal points for the summer garden and beacons for butterflies. This special mix offers the complete range of the newest forms and colors for a striking and harmonious blend of rosy-purple, apricot, yellow, orange and cream blossoms that will return to enchant you every season.
Hardy to zone 4
BEST TO START EARLY INDOORS
In spring, 6 weeks before last expected frost date, sow seeds 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix. Cover 1/4 in. deep, keep warm and moist and provide a strong light source. Feed every 2 weeks with half strength fertilizer.
Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant 2 to 3 inches apart into a deeper container or individual pots so root systems have room to develop. When plants are 3 to 4 inches tall, gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions and plant out in full sun.
THIN OR TRANSPLANT
Space seedlings 12 to 18 inches apart.
Sturdy perennial echinacea, (A.K.A coneflower) can handle a wide range of weather conditions once well established. Plants will make sturdy foliage the first season, then send up long stems of 4 inch daisy shaped blossoms at midsummer for years. The nectar-rich florets of their cone shaped centers attract and nourish many butterflies. Keep spent flowers cut off to encourage repeat blooming.