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Your summer garden isn’t complete without Coneflowers, and Ruby Star Coneflower is one of the finest varieties you can buy. Coneflowers are beloved American wildflowers that have become garden staples, valued for their big, bold blossoms. After spring blooms have faded and temperatures begin to soar, they bring fresh flowers to the landscape. Ruby Star is a special selection that features rich pink flowers and a habit that’s slightly more compact than usual. It’s a definite improvement on the original, though it hasn’t been hybridized with other species or genetically modified in any radical way. It’s an all-natural superstar!
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Coneflowers are undergoing a revolution. It all began with the Purple Coneflower, a cherished Wildflower Spirit native to the Midwest, Southeast, and Southern Plains. This beloved prairie plant was once used medicinally by American Indians, and you will still find it today on drug store and supermarket shelves under its Latin name, Echinacea, as a supplement for treating colds. Ruby Star Purple Coneflower was introduced by Jelitto Seeds of Germany—the same folks who brought us Magnus Coneflower. Ruby Star is a bit shorter than Magnus and its flowers are a darker pink. You may also find it by its German name, Rubinstern.
Instead of hanging down like the typical Purple Coneflower petals, the petals of Ruby Star Coneflower are held out straight like a daisy. This makes an ideal landing pad for butterflies, which relish the flowers. Hummingbirds and pollinators of all types are fond of them, too.
How to Grow
For best results, plant Ruby Star 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. Deadheading spent flowers will keep plants looking their freshest, but the seedheads do provide winter interest, so leave them alone to enjoy four-season beauty. 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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