• Can work in both for a traditional cottage garden look (think old England), or in a very contemporary prairie style planting (think Piet Oudolf)
• The name Echinacea comes from the Greek word ěchīnos, a hedgehog! (how can you not love that)
• One of the best reasons for using Echinaceas, is because they provide great Autumn interest (with a long flowering season) and winter sculptures, especially when frosted
• The chunky black roots are edible and have a strong flavour.
• The dried root is said to boost the immune system and is widely sold and used as a preventative measure against colds. (our puppy also went wild for the roots – I think he knew about the medicinal properties too).
• My personal favourite Echinacea is Echinacea Green Jewel. It’s not understated; in fact it’s quite bold. But it’s not quite as cheery and openly happy as the traditional hot colour palettes of echinaceas like purpurea or ruby. I like its greenness. And daring to be different.
The Stats of the Echinacea Green Jewel
Name Echinacea Green Jewel
Plant Patent USA PP# 18678
Plant Patent CAN CPBR 3985
Plant Patent EU 27429
Height Foliage 25 cm
Height Flower 50 cm
Area of spread 20 cm
Color foliage RHS 137A to 139A
Color flower RHS 144B
Shape flower Rotate
Flowering period late June to Mid October
Continuous blooming No
Soil Normal drained soil
Added value Large single flowers with light green coloured rays
Hardy Zone 3-8
Pot culture Yes