'Kim’s Knee High’ is a compact or dwarf version of the familiar species plant. It is noted for its short habit and long summer bloom. It typically begins blooming when its rigid stems reach 15” tall (knee high). If not cut back, plants may eventually reach 24” in height by the end of the summer. This is a daisy-like coneflower that features drooping, clear rose-pink to purple-pink rays and large, pin cushion-like, coppery-orange to dark bronze central cones. Coarsely-toothed, dark green leaves (to 6” long)."
Missouri Botanical Garden
Great in smaller beds, smaller gardens, in prairie style borders, conventional flower beds, cottage gardens, and rain gardens. Due to its shorter growth, it may be used in the front of any sunny border. Deadheading will prolong the flowering period.
Combine it with these native perennials: Agastache, Aster, Asclepias tuberosa, Baptisia, Gaura, Monarda, Phlox, Rudbeckia, or native prairie grasses like Eragrostis spectabilis, Panicum virgatum, Schizachyrium scoparium, Sporobolus heterolepis, etc. Great in combination with non-native perennials like Eryngium, Echinops, hardy Geranium, Hemerocallis, Kniphophia, Origanum, Perovskia, Sedum telephium, and grasses such as Pennisetum.
Fleuroselect Award Winner.
Blooming Time: June to August
Size: up to 24" tall at the end of the season, 16-18" wide
USDA Zones: 4 to 9
Culture: sun, half sun, average soil, clay soil, loam, rocky soil, drained soils
Moisture Needs: medium, medium-dry, drought tolerant once established
Origin: vegetatively propagated (clonal) selection introduced by Kim Hawks of Niche Gardens (nursery closed down a few years ago), Chapel Hill, North Carolina.This cultivar was patented in 2001 (and expired 2021).
The botanical species (wild form of Echinacea purpurea) can be found in Eastern North America, being native to moist prairies, meadows, open woods, and woodland edges of the central to southeastern United States (Ohio to Michigan to Iowa and south to Louisiana and Georgia). Quite uncommon in nature, but widely available on the market.
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes/yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: monarch plant and true pollinator magnet for native bees, honey bees; butterflies and skippers seek the nectar. Caterpillars of the Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly and several moths feed on the foliage and flowers.
Attracts Hummingbirds: yes. Attracts little song birds and goldfinches feed on the seeds.
Pot Size: 3.5" x 5" deep pot
Picture copyright : Mt. Cuba