Pale coneflower is an upright perennial wildflower with daisies that resemble pink or white badminton shuttlecocks. This native of eastern North America is a classic prairie forb that favors open meadowlands. The whole plant is linear and elongated, so it looks best planted among bushier plants and showy ornamental grasses.
The long, loose leaves of this native are green and rough-textured with prominent veins. Flowering occurs in late spring or summer. The interesting daisies have a large central orange or brown cone surrounded by long, draping, pale pink petals. Like most coneflowers, these blooms are frequented by butterflies and bees, and their dry, seed-filled cones are feasted upon by seed-eating birds.
Full sun is required for plants to bloom well and maintain an upright habit. Too much shade will cause plants to topple and flop easily. Average to fertile soil with good drainage will suffice, but pale coneflower can also withstand nutritionally poor soil. This wildflower can be pinched back in spring to encourage a fuller, sturdier habit and more flower buds. It also gently self-sows.
This is an ideal plant for informal borders or wildflower gardens. It handles heat and humidity very well, so plant it in areas where tough plants are needed.
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Genus - Echinacea
Species - Pallida
Common name - Pale Coneflower
Pre-Treatment - Not-required, but recommended
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 0,90 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Perennial Flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral
Soil type - Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Water requirements - Average, low
Landscape uses - Dried Flower / Everlasting, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pale Pink
Short cold and moist stratification recommended, but not required.
1. Place seeds in a plastic bag with a bit of moist peat moss. Vermiculite is also acceptable.
2. Refrigerate the seeds for one to two weeks.
3. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil until they begin to germinate. Keep at approx. +15-+20C. Germination in 14-28 days.
Water the soil regularly and do not let it dry out.
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