Echinacea purpurea 'BUTTERFLY KISSES'®

Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea purpurea 'BUTTERFLY KISSES'®
purple coneflower
SIZE/TYPE low perennial
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
BLOOMING TIME July - October
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
Summer blooms
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Dutch coneflower breeder Arie Blom from AB Cultivars decided to enrich the assortment of coneflowers with compact, almost dwarf varieties grouped in a series called CONE-FECTIONS™, among which this one is one of the prettiest. It is called Butterfly Kisses® and bloomed for the first time in 2009. It was patented as PP24458 in 2012.

Butterfly Kisses® is a beautiful coneflower growing as a short and bushy perennial into an almost cushion-like habit. It produces masses of double flowers like pink jewels which appear from July until early autumn. Individual flowers remain fresh for a long time and once they start fading remove them near the first leaf along the stem in order to encourage formation of new flower buds. If you feed the plant regularly during summer new flowers will show up continuously. Lanceolate leaves are somewhat lighter green in comparison to tall varieties, and grow from the ground and a few up along the stems. Ideal as a flowering feature between small shrubs such as hebe or pieris, or in containers.

Coneflower will tolerate almost any soil type but boggy and highly acidic. It loves full sun. It is suitable for mixed borders with perennials, or can be used as a flowering feature among low shrubs and conifers, and looks lovely when planted in a mass in a container on patios and balconies. Fully hardy to min. -34°C (USDA zone 4), possibly a few degrees lower.

Last update 06-09-2017

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