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PowWow Wild Berry Coneflower Seeds

(P) Pkt of 10 seeds
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The awards just keep coming!

The most floriferous Echinacea we've ever seen, thanks to its extensive branching and no-deadhead rebloom!
No wonder 'PowWow Wild Berry' won a 2010 All-America Selection (AAS) Award (and continues to pile up honors)! It's not only the most brilliantly colored Echinacea yet, but it's also the best branched, which means more flowers all season. It doesn't need to be deadheaded to set new buds, so the flowers just keep coming! And it's compact, so you can grow it in a container if you like, or squeeze it into that crowded sunny border. Oh, and did we mention that it blooms the first year -- just 20 weeks from sowing the seed?!

We just can't describe how many terrific new things are happening at once in this Echinacea! It's truly a breakthrough for the Echinacea purpurea family. The bloom color is fade-proof and absolutely unique. (The flowers make terrific everlastings as well as fresh-cut bouquets, by the way!) The flowers are SO PROFUSE on these compact little plants, beginning in early summer and then going right into fall until nipped back by frost. Like all Echinacea, 'PowWow Wild Berry' attracts butterflies and bees to the fresh blooms in summer and birds to the seed-filled cones in autumn and winter. It's simply a magnificent addition to any garden!

This plant reaches just 20 to 24 inches high when not in bloom, and spreads 12 to 16 inches wide. Despite this small size, it bears more blooms than just about any other Echinacea we've ever grown. The flowers add another 9 to 12 inches to the plant's height, giving you thick, longlasting stems for the vase. And you don't have to keep up with pinching off the fading blooms!

Adaptable to just about any climate in the United States and indifferent to extremes of heat, humidity, cold, and even drought, 'PowWow Wild Berry' thrives in any well-drained soil. It will bloom best in full sun and good garden soil that dries out just a bit between waterings, but it can take almost any conditions your garden and Mother Nature throws its way!

The most exciting feature of this seed is its ability to bloom -- and bloom profusely! -- the first summer from a winter to early spring sowing. For longest season, begin it indoors in late January. For best first-year flowering, sow the seeds right after you receive them, especially if you live in a short-season climate. (Before the end of January is ideal.) Place them on top of damp, but not wet, soil. (Your Bio Dome offers the ideal medium; just place the seed on top of the bio sponge, next to the hole. If it accidentally drops into the hole, no problem -- it will grow from there too!) Germinate at about 65 to 70 degrees F, then grown on (after they have sprouted) at 55 to 65 degrees F. When they have 2 sets of true leaves and the garden soil is warm enough to work with, they are ready to transplant into the sunny garden.

We recommend this new Echinacea very, very highly. It has won honors by the handful in competitions from Massachusetts to Florida -- a good indication of just how versatile and dependable this perennial is from north to south! You will be delighted by how quickly it grows, how beautifully it branches, and how profuse (and early!) it flowers. The color is enchanting, too! Start it this season and tell us how it performed in your garden! Zones 3-9. Pkt is 10 seeds.

Genus Echinacea
Species purpurea
Variety 'PowWow Wild Berry'
ItemForm (P) Pkt of 10 seeds
Zone 3 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Early Summer - Mid Fall
Habit Compact
SeedsPerPack 10
PlantHeight 18 in - 24 in
PlantWidth 12 in - 16 in
BloomSize 3 in - 4 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Award Winner, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Pest Fighter, Season Extenders
BloomColor Dark Rose, Magenta, Purple
FoliageColor Dark Green
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Fall Color, Outdoor, Wildflowers
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Average Based on 2 Reviews Write a Review
Good performer
Daniel from SC wrote (June 28, 2014):
Seed s are fairly pricey, but I got very good germination from the packet I purchased. I started my seed in the greenhouse in February and plants are blooming currently--good bloomer, although flowers are somewhat smaller than other cultivars (ie White Swan). Would definitely recommend.
Echinacea PowWow
Jim Barg from NJ wrote (December 14, 2013):
I really wish I could review this one separately on two counts: 1) I'd give this FIVE stars for color, density of bloom, and hardyness, but (2) I'd rate it as a poor germinator, perhaps 2 stars. Out of a 10 seed packet, only 3 seeds germinated in my greenhouse with vigor, a few others germinated then "petered out". But WOW, what color and bloom quantity (and nice low plant form and branching) on this one. The color is stunning, too! And the plants that did make it also held over our NJ winter here VERY well, and second year performance on this beauty was amazing. It's so strong that I anticipate an even better third year from it. This is a GREAT cultivar...if only the germination rate could be improved!
Echinacea is the botanical name for Purple Coneflower
Echinacea Germination Information

Echinacea Seed Germination How to Sow Echinacea:
  • For best results, sow indoors covering the seeds with four times their thickness in soil
  • Maintain a temperature of 70-75° F during germination
  • Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days
  • If started early, Echinacea will bloom the first year.
  • Sow outdoors anytime in spring or summer, up to two months before first fall frost
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Echinacea:
Spacing: Plant in spring or fall, 18-24 inches apart, in full sun or partial shade, and in deep, welldrained, humus-rich soil

Additional Care: Deadhead to promote continued blooming. The plants are drought-tolerant
Appearance and Use:

Coneflowers are popular and easy-to-grow sources of cut flowers for beds and borders. The plants may also have medicinal value. Large, daisy-like blooms, up to 4 inches across, with prominent, cone-like dark purple centers and lavender orange, yellow, or white petals that may droop downward. The blooms are held on stiff, 2- to 8- foot stems arising from May to June. Clumps of green foliage, 4-8 inches long, grow up to 2 feet wide. Shown 2.0x actual size


About Echinacea:
Pronunciation:  e-ki-na’shå per-per-e’å
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Asteraceae; native to North America
Common Name: Purple Coneflower

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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).

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First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

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Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

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When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.

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