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Echinacea - purpurea 'Prairie Splendour' / Cone flower

    Echinacea - purpurea 'Prairie Splendour' / Cone flower

    Echinacea purpurea 'Prairie Splendour' is a stunning perennial with unique features that set it apart from other echinaceas. Its striking, magenta-pink flowers are accented by a dark central cone, and its dark green foliage provides a beautiful backdrop. This cultivar was developed by Terra Nova Nurseries in Oregon and introduced in 2015.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 60-70 cm (24-28 in)
    • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
    • Flower color: Magenta-pink with a dark central cone
    • Flowering period: Midsummer to early fall
    • Foliage: Dark green, narrow leaves
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil requirements: Well-draining soil, pH level 6.0-7.5
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    Echinacea purpurea 'Prairie Splendour' is a versatile perennial that can be used in a variety of ways in the garden. Its bold flowers make it an excellent choice for mixed borders, cutting gardens, and wildlife gardens. It can also be planted in containers or massed in a group for a stunning visual impact.

    'Echinacea purpurea 'Prairie Splendour' is a hardy and low-maintenance plant that is highly resistant to pests and diseases. It is also drought-tolerant once established and attracts butterflies and other pollinators to the garden.

    Companion Plants:
    • Gaillardia 'Mesa Yellow' (Blanket Flower) - The bright yellow flowers of this plant provide a great contrast to the pink of Prairie Splendour, and both plants have a similar height and texture.
    • Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' (Maiden Grass) - The variegated foliage of Morning Light provides a great contrast to the solid flowers of Prairie Splendour, and the airy seed heads of the grass complement the bold blooms.
    • Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' (Bee Balm) - The deep pink flowers of Raspberry Wine are a great complement to the pink of Prairie Splendour, and both plants have a similar height and texture.
    Care Instructions:
    'Echinacea purpurea 'Prairie Splendour' prefers well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade. It should be watered regularly until established, but once mature, it is drought-tolerant. Deadheading spent flowers will encourage continued blooming, and cutting the plant back in the fall will help promote healthy growth the following year.

    Final Thoughts:
    Echinacea purpurea 'Prairie Splendour' is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance perennial with bold and striking blooms. Its unique color and form make it a standout in the garden, and its hardiness and disease resistance ensure that it will provide years of beauty with minimal effort.