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Audubon® Orange Coneflower
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One of the most popular Spirits of all time—and with good reason! Orange Coneflower is popular with flower arrangers for its long-lasting gold (they’re not actually orange) blossoms. It’s popular with new gardeners for its durability and ease of care. It’s popular with pollinators, like native bees, butterflies, Syrphid Flies, and beetles for its nourishing nectar and pollen. And it’s popular with songbirds for its seeds. Add this easygoing native to your mixed borders, foundation beds, rain garden, wildflower meadow, or cutting garden for weeks of joyful Black-Eyed Susan flowers and major wildlife appeal year after year.
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- 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: 3-9
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A treat for pollinators, Orange Coneflower nourishes many of our hardworking native bees. Bumblebees, digger bees, mining bees, sweat bees, leaf-cutting bees, carpenter bees, and cuckoo bees all visit this plant to forage for nectar and pollen. One species of mining bee seeks out Rudbeckia plants (Brown-Eyed and Black-Eyed Susans) specifically to feed its young—Rudbeckia pollen is the only type of pollen its larvae can eat. Orange Coneflower is native to much of the eastern United States. Its range extends from Wisconsin to Massachusetts in the North and from Texas to Florida in the South.
Orange Coneflower plays host to some other interesting insects. The darling silvery checkerspot butterfly sometimes lays its eggs on its foliage. Several moth species take advantage of this plant, too, including the fascinating camouflaged looper. This clever caterpillar eats the flower parts of its host plant, and literally glues bits of the petals to its body while it eats to hide itself from predators! Eventually, it transforms into a pretty jade-green moth.
How to Grow
Orange Coneflower is an adaptable, easy-going Spirit, but does best in a full-sun position in rich but well-drained soil. Water it regularly—about once a week if there’s no rain. The bloom period may be extended by diligent deadheading (trimming the spent flowers off). You may want to leave the end-of-season seed heads standing over the winter, both for some visual interest and for bird food. Cut all dead stems and foliage back before growth resumes in spring. Orange Coneflower loves heat and may be slow to get started in the spring.
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