Passion Flute Coneflower
Flowers Grow Larger as They Mature!
A truly exceptional Echinacea, this member of the Let's Boogie™ series sports big, bright yellow blooms with quilled petals surrounding a golden cone. Remarkably, as the flowers mature, they increase in size, reaching 3½ to 4½ inches wide before passing! What fun -- an ever-changing Echinacea that actually improves with age!
'Passion Flute' takes its name from the fluted shape of its petals -- long, elegant, seemingly made for a hummingbird's beak! Unlike many Echinacea cultivars, which hold their petals downward, these are offered straight out, for maximum showiness. And it works -- bees and butterflies aplenty will visit the flowers all summer, while birds will wait until the seed-filled cone dries out in autumn before arriving to feast! Of course, you'll have to steal a few blooms from them, because 'Passion Flute' makes a superb fresh or dried cut-flower, and you'll want to fill your vases with its sunny tones all season long! But that's okay -- there are plenty of blooms to go around.
Expect 'Passion Flute' to reach 30 to 36 inches high and about 18 to 24 inches wide, with very bushy, well-branched growth. Like all Echinacea, it stands up effortlessly to heat, humidity, dry soil, drought, and cold. Give it a bit of pampering the first year to get it established, then watch it fend for itself beautifully, season after season! Deer tend to leave it alone, and its native vigor protects it against most pests and diseases. Few perennials are easier.
Bred from 'All that Jazz,' this yellow beauty is a standout in any setting. Make a place for it in the sunny border, meadow, or cottage garden this season! Zones 4-8.
|Zone||4 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|PlantHeight||2 ft 6 in - 3 ft|
|PlantWidth||18 in - 24 in|
|BloomSize||3.5 in - 4.5 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Native, Needs Deadheading|
|MoistureRequirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.
Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).