Echinacea purpurea 'Butterfly Kisses' PPAF
  Series Name: CONE-FECTIONS™ Series
Common Name: Coneflower-Purple
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

The ‘Butterfly Kisses’ Echinacea from master hybridizer Arie Blom is one you’ll definitely want to have this year.  Selected by the breeder for its compactness and sturdy habit, we agree that this is easily one of the nicest of the double pom-pom type Echinaceas introduced thus far. 

In our trials, we were incredibly impressed by this plant’s picture perfect qualities: nicely proportional plants with large flowers held like an umbrella just atop the attractive deep green foliage.  The compact, very well-branched, broadly mounding plants have very strong flower stems, an improvement over older pink doubles. 

Fragrant, bright pink, pom-pom flowers with lighter ray petals measure 3” across--large flowers for such a compact plant.  This floriferous perennial will look terrific in containers at retail and in the landscape. 

Praised for their cheerful brightly colored flowers, coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. Be sure to leave some spent blooms on the plants in the fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.

Intro Year: 2012

Breeder: Arie Blom

Introducer: Plants Nouveau

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  18 Inches
Spread:
  14-16 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts songbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Attractive Seed Heads
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Prairie
  Cottage
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Plugs: 20ct
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Echinacea purpurea is a wildflower native to the eastern United States and is well-adapted to survive the hot, windy conditions typical of that region. If properly cared for, they will form attractive colonies and will live for many years.

Coneflowers like it sunny and hot. Though they will tolerate light shade, fewer flowers will be produced and the plants will be weakened. Light, loamy soils are best but coneflowers will grow in any well-drained soil. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Geranium 'Rozanne' PP12175
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Xenox' PP16888 CPBR3451
Common Name: Stonecrop
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Hemerocallis 'Stephanie Returns' PP18538
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Phlox paniculata 'Bright Eyes'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky' PP23209
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Coreopsis 'Cosmic Evolution' PP22943
Common Name: Tickseed
5,6,7,8,9
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Fun Facts:

The word "echinacea" comes from the Greek word "echinos" meaning "hedgehog", referring to the flower's spiky central cone.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.