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Audubon® Yellow Coneflower
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Bright egg-yolk-yellow petals and chocolate-brown cones distinguish this delightful, unusual species from the more common Purple Coneflower. Yellow Coneflower sports fragrant, shuttlecock-shaped flowers that nourish our native butterflies and bumblebees. Monarchs and fritillaries are frequent diners. When the flowers are finally spent in late summer, the cones turn black, but they are adorned with bright yellow once again as goldfinches rush in to devour the seeds. In fact, planting Coneflowers is one of the best things you can do to attract goldfinches to your yard. Every year, you’ll look for their rollercoaster flight pattern and listen for their chirpy call.
May Benefit & Attract: Finches
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
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Yellow Coneflower’s botanical name is Echinacea paradoxa. The “paradox” comes from the fact that its petals are yellow, whereas all other Echinacea species’ flowers are pink. Plant breeders have taken advantage of this quirk by crossing Yellow Coneflower with those other species, creating new hybrids in all sorts of crazy colors. The problem is that hybrids sometimes don’t produce seed, and thus, no treats for the finches. For maximum wildlife benefit, you’ll want to choose the unaltered species, like the Yellow Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, and Pale Purple Coneflower we offer.
In the wild, Yellow Coneflower is quite rare, occurring only in the Ozark region of Missouri and Arkansas. Help this special, uncommon Spirit flourish by planting it in your garden!
How to Grow
For best results, plant Yellow Coneflower in a sunny site or in a spot that receives shade only during the hottest part of the day. The soil should be of medium fertility and must drain freely. Cold, boggy soil in winter is not its friend. Deadhead spent flowers to keep the plant looking fresh if you wish, but remember that no seedheads at all means no goldfinches and no winter interest, either. On the other hand, plants allowed to go to seed may reseed in your landscape beds—you may consider this a plus. Cut old stems down before new growth appears in spring. Coneflowers love heat and are slow to emerge, so be patient.
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