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Today’s Special is our Echinacea ‘Irresistible’. These perennials are growing in 1 inch plug containers for $5.44 each. Quantities are very limited on these.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. This is an adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants usually rebloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers encourages continued bloom and improves general appearance.
‘Irresistible’ is a double coneflower that features changing flower colors as the flowers mature. Flowers (a) emerge with yellow rays and a large copper cone, (b) mature to coral-pink rays with a deeper pink center pom-pom, and (c) mature further as the pom-pom lightens to citron-yellow and the rays lighten to a pale peach-salmon. Each double flower (to 3 1/2 ” diameter) is fragrant. Flowers bloom from late spring to late summer, sometimes with additional sporadic bloom until frost, atop sturdy branched stems rising in an upright clump to 32″ tall and to 30″ wide. Medium green leaves (to 6″ long) are narrow-ovate. Good fresh cut or dried flower. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter, and if flower heads are not removed, the blackened cones may be visited by goldfinches or other birds that feed on the seeds. Zones 3-8.