Yellow coneflower

neptune24July 26, 2012

I planted a yellow coneflower in 2009. It didn't bloom until last April, and had 5 flowers. This year, it bloomed a little later (May), and had only 3 flowers. Is that normal? We did have a crazy March as well as a very warm winter, so I don't know if that might have had anything to do with it.

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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Are you referring to Echinacea paradoxa or one of the named hybrids?

Kevin

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:54AM
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miclino(5)

Is there a decent yellow cone flower? Trying Maui sunshine but it's taking forever to establish.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 11:09AM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

A good yellow is 'Sombrero Sandy Yellow.' I love that one.

Another option is to get Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' seeds. The mix includes orange, yellow, red, and other colors. I have seen awesome plants come from those seeds. They are also more compact.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 4:01PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

If you are referring to Echinacea paradoxa which is usually called the yellow coneflower, this has always been a sparse bloomer for me. There was a thread concerning this species a long time ago and others reported much more success then I've had, but in my experience it just doesn't compare to the regular old coneflower for vigor or blooms.

Kevin

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 4:22PM
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miclino(5)

Just saw Sombrero sandy yellow at the nursery. Is it one of those delicate hybrids that can't take actual full sun. Also, from what I saw, its not actually yellow, more cream color

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 11:29PM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

I have it and it's a very good yellow color. Lowes had a new shipment. Most were the very good yellow color.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 1:22AM
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miclino(5)

Has it overwintered well for you or are you trying it out for the first time this year?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 10:52AM
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wieslaw59

The only yellow-orange that has overwintered for me without a significant shrinkage is Marmalade. The sad thing about this plant is that it only has one flower per stem(at least here).

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 4:40PM
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neptune24

Kevin, yes, I'm referring to Echinacea paradoxa. And I agree with you that it's a bit of a disappointing plant. I don't regret getting it, but I probably wouldn't plant another one.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 3:38AM
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miclino(5)

Okay so what an alternative tall yellow flowering perennial that has a small echinacea type footprint? Atleast 3 ft tall that is.....

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 3:26PM
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mistascott(7A VA)

Hmmm...Heliopsis helianthoides 'Balerina' 'Summer Sun' Loraine Sunshine,' Helenium 'Mardi Gras' 'September Gold.' Rudbeckia fulgida (also traditionally called yellow coneflower).

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 4:05PM
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