By GBCC Gardener Mary Lemens
One of my favorite plants is Echinacea or its more common name, the cone flower. Over the years so many new varieties have been introduced. It's not just the purple cone flower anymore. The blossoms are also more diverse in shape and petal size. Magnus and White Swan are some of the more common varieties. The newer ones have names as interesting as the colors: Hot Papaya, Butterfly Kisses, Flame Thrower, Fragrant Angel and Milkshake are just a few.
The one that stands out to me in both color and performance is Cheyenne Spirit. The pictures are of this variety, and yes they have different colored blooms. Once established all of those colors will be on each plant at the same time. They are just beautiful when in full bloom. It's a colorful bouquet on each plant.
The plant is very hardy and disease resistant so very easy to grow. I have five plants growing in the new bed along the patio outside the 19th Hole. They just started to bloom this week so you can see the colors they show.
I'm excited to see them next year once they are a more mature plant. I think you're going to enjoy them as much as I do!