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Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') on February 5, jmorth wrote:

An attractive plant that's been blooming here for over a dozen years. This cultivar has a commanding presence in the garden. Magnus is a super butterfly magnet, enticing several native butterflies to "drink from its cup." Easy to sow seed in place or transplant clumps to establish a stand. Magnus has a long blooming period culminating in mid-summer. Seed pods furnish seed to goldfinches (and other birds) in the fall.
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Coconut Lime') on September 19, mom2goldens wrote:

I have had this plant in my garden for 6-7 years. It has been the hardiest of my hybrid echinaceas and has an amazingly long bloom time. Also does very well as a cut flower: Holds up well in a vase. Plants bloom from mid-summer till frost in my garden without any special care. It also seems more resistant to rabbits than some of my other echinaceas. Truly one of my favorite plants for its color, bloom time, and hardiness.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Southern Belle') on August 29, 4susiesjoy wrote:

This flower is one of the longest-blooming perennial flowers in my garden, starting in late spring and blooming until hard frost. It has also been the longest lived of the newer hybrid coneflowers that I've tried. It has lived through the last three winters, the last one of which was very long and cold. It has been one of the top attention draws of people who have toured my gardens, and it blooms well if it is hot weather or cold weather, I would definitely recommend it!
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Sombrero Flamenco Orange') on August 28, clintbrown wrote:

Echinacea 'Sombrero Flamenco Orange' is an excellent fragrant orange coneflower. It has excellent basal branching, which should make it more winter hardy than other orange Echinaceas available. It is more hardy and vigorous than 'Tiki Torch,' with many more blooms per plant.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Flame Thrower') on August 28, SCButtercup wrote:

Even though a previous poster found this plant to be hardy, it is the only echinacea that I have ever lost. It may be that the plant I bought was frail, but it looked pretty good, though small, its first year. Never did come back, so I don't think I'll try it again. Instead, I'm growing Cheyenne Spirit from seed, which may have some orange-flowered varieties.
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') on August 24, SCButtercup wrote:

This is a tall variety of echinacea and looks great next to the equally tall echinacea 'Fragrant Angel' (white) or as a backdrop for echinaceas of the PowWow series, which tend to be pretty short. Magnus comes true to seed, which is another plus because you can expand and fill in your garden economically.
Talking about White Coneflower (Echinacea 'Fragrant Angel') on August 24, SCButtercup wrote:

Tough plant, grows well in dry or wet years, and yes: It does have a lovely scent, especially in the afternoon. The first year the scent was not noticeable, but now that I have a mature plant the scent is strong and adds to the beauty of this plant. Taller than I expected, so take note of 3' height when planning where to put it.
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') is a very attractive plant to pollinators and an important source of nectar for many butterfly species. Monarchs, Red Admirals, Sulphurs, Fritillaries, Skippers, Swallowtails, and other butterflies enjoy this plant. In addition, Echinacea purpurea has special value to native bees, particularly bumble and leafcutter bees.

Birds enjoy the seedheads.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Happy Star') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Happy Star') is a very attractive plant to pollinators and an important source of nectar for many butterfly species. Monarchs, Red Admirals, Sulphurs, Fritillaries, Skippers, Swallowtails, and other butterflies enjoy this plant. In addition, Echinacea purpurea has special value to native bees, particularly bumble and leafcutter bees.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Secret Affair') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Echinacea 'Secret Affair' is a very pretty double-blossomed coneflower with an early to mid summer bloom time. It is also fragrant.

Unlike single-blossomed Echinacea, the double-blossomed cultivars like 'Secret Affair' do not attract pollinators. The bees and butterflies seem to not be able to access the nectar easily through the thick bloom cover, and so pass it by. If you are looking for a lovely dusty pink blossom color, this is it. If you are looking to attract the pollinators, you'll want to choose a single-bloom cultivar instead.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Raspberry Truffle') on August 23, Catmint20906 wrote:

Echinacea 'Raspberry Truffle' is a very pretty double-blossomed coneflower with an early to mid summer bloom time. Unlike single-blossomed Echinacea, the double-blossomed cultivars like 'Raspberry Truffle' do not attract pollinators. The bees and butterflies seem to not be able to access the nectar easily through the thick bloom cover, and so pass it by. If you are looking for a unique and pretty blossom color, this is it. If you are looking to attract the pollinators, you'll want to choose a single-blossom cultivar instead.
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) on August 2, Catmint20906 wrote:

Echinacea purpurea is an important nectar source for many butterfly species.

This plant has special value to native bees, including bumble and leafcutter species.
Talking about Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) on August 1, Catmint20906 wrote:

According to NPIN, Echinacea pallida has special value to native bees.

Echinacea pallida is a preferred source of nectar for a variety of bees and butterflies.
A variety of bee species are attracted to this plant including longhorned, sweat, leafcutter, brownbelted bumble, and mining bees.

Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Leilani') on July 27, mattsmom wrote:

Excellent grower, perfect blooms, non fading, great in my zone 4 garden.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Hot Summer') on June 3, Natalie wrote:

It's exciting to see how the color changes on the blooms daily! One of my very favorite plants!
Talking about Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry) on April 22, eclayne wrote:

A no fuss echi with a long bloom period. Beautiful flowers are bee magnets and it's easy to divide. In well draining soil they can take lots of water, I have one with Japanese Iris, or no supplemental water.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea Big Sky™ Sunrise) on January 13, virginiarose wrote:

I was disappointed in how it faded to a completely white flower in three days.
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Hot Summer') on August 25, Marilyn wrote:

Out of all the Echinaceas I've grown, 'Hot Summer' is the best! It's so colorful! There are different colors of flowers on the same plant, as it changes every few days. I keep it deadheaded because I want to make sure it keeps producing the gorgeous flowers.

If I could grow only one variety of Echinacea, this would be the one! I'm planning to replace all the Echineceas I grow with 'Hot Summer'!

Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit') on June 24, Dodecatheon3 wrote:

I have been very impressed with Cheyenne Spirit. I've been growing both the red and the yellow since 2012, and they are without a doubt, the most vigorous echinacea plants I own. Cheyenne Spirit was the first to leaf out the past two springs and the first to bloom. In my garden, the red is a shorter plant than the yellow, but both are great. These plants have lots of blooms with wonderful vibrant color that can be seen from a distance. They bloom a long time too. This variety is really noteworthy in all its characteristics. Highly recommended!
Talking about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Hot Papaya') on June 7, lovemyhouse wrote:

Echinaceas tend to die quickly in my yard. Have heavy clay and probably don't amend as much as these need. Last year, I planted several varieties and paid attention to the advice to keep them from blooming the first year. Looks like it worked, at least for now.

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