Top performing coneflower in Mt. Cuba center (DE), highly recommended for mid-Atlantic region, but we have observed it in several plantings in hot and humid south central Indiana and it did exceptionally well here too! It may look ordinary, but it's qualities and superior garden performance will persuade you, especially if you will compare it to coneflowers that you already have.
"Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’ ranked among the top performing coneflowers in our first trial in 2009 and is again one of the most outstanding cultivars we evaluated. ‘Pica Bella’ is a compact and floriferous form of the species that originated as a seedling of Echinacea purpurea ‘Abenstem’. While many Echinacea cultivars in the market today showcase vibrant blooms that can look out of place in a naturalistic setting, the floral display of ‘Pica Bella’ resembles that of Echinacea purpurea, allowing for its effortless incorporation into a broad range of garden designs. In addition to excelling in all horticultural aspects, this cultivar was also a favorite among pollinators that flocked to its prominent orange cones. Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’ has withstood the test of time and proven once again that it deserves a place in gardens of the mid-Atlantic region." Mt. Cuba Center
31" tall x 32 " wide clumps, here plants are in full bloom by mid June and continue in peak till mid July, but many flowers appear later on until the end of August (with some spent, declining and fading flowers).
Full sun, average soil with average moisture. Tolerates lot more drought than the species (Ech. purpurea).
Hardy in zones3 to 8. Heat, humidity tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant, black walnut tolerant.
Best in sunny border, prairie style plating, naturalistic planting, pollinator or butterfly gardens. Can be combined with many perennial on drier/average soil scale.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
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