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Late blooming purple cone flower

Posted by franktank232 z5 WI (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 30, 13 at 16:09

I planted a purple coneflower 2 summers ago i bloomed fine last year and now this year i thought it was dead...well i finally saw some life and its now just blooming! Huge cones. Why so late? Its been watered regularly, its in full sun (all day)... its been very hot/sunny... I'm in SW Wisconsin...

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RE: Late blooming purple cone flower

  • Posted by Dgregory 6A - So.Central IL (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 31, 13 at 12:42

Could be the residual effect of last Summers' brutal drought and this Spring's long cold wetness.

Chances are it'll behave more normally next year, time will tell.

RE: Late blooming purple cone flower

That's pretty late for a coneflower to bloom but whatever the reason, be glad they bloomed. Might be the watering issue--they're prairie plants and tend to thrive on whatever moisture Ma Nature doles or doesn't dole out. I've never watered mine and they're thriving 3 years down the road. My neighbor has had a butterfly garden filled with them for more years than I've lived here and she's never watered it. The coneflowers have thrived.

Yes we're a zone warmer than you but Echinacea/coneflower is mostly rated to Z6 so you should be okay unless you plant some of the fancy hybrid cultivars.

I recommend you do your research on the perennials you plant and get acquainted with their needs. Chances are you'll be surprised. They honestly need quite a bit less help from you than you might think.

Happy gardening!

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