Culture: Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates hot and humid summers as well as some light shade. Deadhead to prolong bloom. Divide when clumps become overcrowded.
Characteristics: This species of coneflower occurs in both dry and moist soils in open woods, glades and thickets. An upright, rhizomatous, clump-forming, free-blooming coneflower which typically grows to 3′ tall, often forming colonies in the wild. Features daisy-like flowers (to 2.5″ across) with yellow rays and brownish-purple center disks. Prolific bloom production over a long mid-summer to fall bloom period. Oblong to lanceolate, medium green foliage. Good cut flower. This species is infrequently sold by nurseries because of the excellent varieties and cultivars available thereunder (e.g., see ‘Goldsturm’ and ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’). Zones 3 to 9.
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