Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top' - TENNESSEE CONEFLOWER ‘ROCKY TOP’

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Easy to grow, very showy, underused, long-lived and long-flowering perennial. The pure botanical species was endangered in natural areas from 1979-2011.

It grows upright, and the leaves are narrow, or lanceolate. Reddish-pink saucer-shaped flowers face east and tend to follow the sun like sunflowers. The cones are reddish-brown and smaller than that of other wild Echinaceas. This coneflower is very valuable, sturdy, and should be used much more often in home and public landscaping.

Drought, heat, and humidity tolerant. It grows quite neatly, so it looks very good in a conventional flower bed (just consider that the flowerheads will face east), but it can be also used in wilder prairie gardens, low maintenance gardens, cottage gardens or pollinator gardens. It will self-seed and hybridize with other Echinacea in your garden.

Picture copyright: 1) Funke, Commons Wikipedia , 2 ) US Perennials

Blooming Time: June - August/September
Size: 2-3´tall x 2´ wide (spacing about 1.5-2')
USDA Zones: 5 to 9
Culture: full or half sun; prefers drier soil with some drainage, grows well in medium to dry average soil, rocky soil, drained soil, shallow soil. Echinacea tennesseensis (with Ech. paradoxa) tolerate more acidic soil.
Moisture Needs: dry medium-dry, medium
Origin: The ´Rocky Top´ strain was introduced by the German seed company Jelitto in 2003, so it is a garden selection that still has some of the wild blood from the original species. The wild form is native to Tennessee, endemic to limestone soils in cedar glades and dry rocky hills
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes/young plants are vulnerable to rabbits, use liquid fence
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: attracts pollinators, bees, butterflies, moths and songbirds
Attracts Hummingbirds: no
Pot Size: square 3.5" x 5" deep pot

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  • 5
    Huge root balls

    Posted by Kate on 3rd Nov 2021

    Such healthy plants and large root balls. Very impressive. This was my first order from you and I’ll definitely be ordering more plants next year.

  • 5
    Plant Quality

    Posted by Barbara Yuknick on 25th May 2021

    My plants arrived soon after ordering; were packaged beautifully; and look extremely healthy. They have been planted with much love. I would like to receive a catalog if you distribute one. Thank you.