Sunday, July 18, 2010
The "official" name is Echinacea. A bit of trivia: the word comes from the Greek "echinos" which means hedgehog and refers to the spiny center cone. Anyway, it's hardy to zone 3, if you can believe that. Reason enough to put it in your garden. It likes full sun to partial shade, is drought resistant, and blooms from June to October. You may have also seen the name in the vitamin supplement or tea section of your local grocery. Echinacea is well known for its immune boosting properties.
Finally, this flower is a big draw for butterflies and goldfinches.
Bookshelf: Container Gardening Books