Echinacea 'Cleopatra' PP24631
  Series Name: Butterfly Series
Common Name: Coneflower
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Named for the brilliant yellow Cleopatra Butterfly, the blossoms of this fantastic new coneflower mimics its namesake. 

Incredibly vibrant golden yellow, fragrant flowers with a large, orange cone are produced on very strong, well-branched stems above a stocky clump of compact, deep green foliage.  The single flowers measure a full 3-3 ½” across since their petals are held horizontally, and they lighten to creamy yellow as they age.  

This compact selection will look terrific in a pot at retail and has a lovely cultivated look for today’s discriminating home gardeners.    

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

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  16-18 Inches
Spread:
  12-16 Inches
Flower Color:
  Yellow 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
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.  If properly cared for, they will form attractive colonies and will live for many years.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Phlox paniculata 'Laura'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Hemerocallis 'Ruby Spider'
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Perovskia atriplicifolia PEEK-A-BLUE® ('WALPPB' PPAF)
Common Name: Russian Sage
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Pink' PP24244 CPBRAF
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8,9
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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.