Orange Coneflower, Echinacea fulgida

Orange Coneflower

Echinacea fulgida

Benefits:
Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Summer
Zones: 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture: Medium
Color: Yellow
Fragrance: No
Height: 2 - 4 feet
Spacing: 1 foot


Description

Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida) occurs in both dry and moist soils in open woods, glades and thickets. An upright, rhizomatous, clump-forming, free-blooming coneflower which typically grows to 3 feet tall, often forming colonies in the wild. Features daisy-like with yellow rays and brownish-purple center disks. Prolific bloom production over a long mid-summer to fall bloom period. Oblong to lanceolate, medium green foliage. Good cut flower.

The blooming period occurs from mid-summer into the fall and lasts about 2 months. The mature achenes are oblongoid, 4-angled, and black. The upper end of each achene is truncate with a minute crown of tiny teeth (the pappus). Each achene is about 3 mm. in length or a little less. These achenes are light weight and can be blown about by the wind, but they usually do not stray far from the mother plant. The root system is fibrous and rhizomatous. In open disturbed areas, vegetative colonies are often formed from the rhizomes

Habitats of this coneflower are rather variable: they include moist rocky woodlands, savannas and barrens, woodland openings and edges, moist meadows, limestone glades, moist rocky ledges, fens, hillside seeps, and swamps. Orange Coneflower is typically found in high quality natural habitats, but it will temporarily colonize open disturbed areas.

Easily grown in dry to medium, organically rich to average, well-drained soils in full sun. Best bloom occurs in full sun, although plants will tolerate some light shade. Plants prefer consistent moisture throughout the growing season, with some tolerance for drought once established. Good air circulation is appreciated.

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Provides excellent bloom and color for the late summer.
  Good cut flower.
  Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom.
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