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Echinacea Red Skipper
(Coneflower)

£18.00 £14.40

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Great for wildlife
July - September
60cm x 40cm
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy
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Ahoy there, garden adventurers! Echinacea Red Skipper; a fiery floral captain that sets sail for crimson seas. Its red-hot blooms attract butterflies like first mates to a feast. All aboard the bloom-tastic voyage!

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Description

The Echinacea Red Skipper stands tall as the bold captain of your floral fleet. Its striking crimson flowers, reminiscent of a red-hot sunrise, add a burst of vibrant colour to any landscape. With its nectar-rich blossoms, the Echinacea Red Skipper is a beacon for a fluttering fleet of butterflies, attracting them like enthusiastic first mates. As these charming winged visitors grace your garden, you'll witness a delightful dance of nature's most elegant performers, transforming your outdoor space into a whimsical butterfly haven. This hardy captain thrives from July to September and its resilience makes it an ideal choice for urban landscapes, cottage gardens, and naturalistic designs. Blend the Echinacea Red Skipper with companions like Rudbeckia, Salvia, and Penstemon for a captivating prairie-style garden. Take your garden on a voyage of enchantment with this resilient and low-maintenance perennial. The Echinacea Red Skipper's effortless beauty and charismatic charm make it a versatile addition to various garden designs, from formal borders to wildflower meadows. Get ready to set sail on a blooming adventure with this fiery captain at the helm!

Planting Conditions

Echinacea thrives in full sun to partial shade. Choose a planting location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The soil should be well-drained and rich in organic matter. Echinacea is adaptable to various soil types, but it prefers slightly acidic to neutral pH levels. When planting, dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball, place the plant at the same depth it was in the nursery container, and back-fill with soil. Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil. With the right planting conditions, Echinacea will establish well and reward you with its beautiful and resilient blooms.

Watering & Feeding

Echinacea prefers well-drained soil and benefits from regular watering, especially during hot and dry periods. Water deeply, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Avoid over-watering, as Echinacea is drought-tolerant once established. When it comes to feeding, Echinacea generally doesn't require heavy fertilisation. Incorporating organic matter into the soil during planting provides sufficient nutrients. However, a light application of a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in early Spring can support healthy growth and flowering. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for dosage and application. With proper watering and occasional feeding, your Echinacea will thrive and reward you with its vibrant and long-lasting blooms.

General Care

Echinacea is a hardy perennial that requires minimal care. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Regular watering, especially during dry periods, helps to keep the soil evenly moist but not overly saturated. Deadheading spent flowers encourages continuous blooming and prevents self-seeding. In colder regions, a layer of mulch provides insulation during winter. Echinacea is generally resistant to pests and diseases but monitor for any signs of infestation or disease and take appropriate action if needed. Division every few years rejuvenates the plant and maintains its vigour. With these simple care practices, your Echinacea will flourish and enchant with its vibrant blooms.