Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials
Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower
by Susan Littlefield
If you just can't make up your mind which of the many colors of coneflowers to grow, grow them all! Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit', just announced as a 2013 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Award winner, produces a gorgeous mix of sunset hues, from rich purple, pink, red and orange to yellow, cream, and white. Flowers are borne on sturdy, well-branched plants that stand up to wind and rain and have few insect or disease problems. They are also drought-tolerant, making them a great choice for folks interested in sustainable, low-water use garden practices.
Bred by Kieft Seed, this Zone 4 perennial blooms the first year from seed if sown no later than January 25. Seeds should be sown on the surface or just barely covered with germinating mix. With bottom heat, they germinate in 10-15 days and are ready for transplant to larger containers in about three to four weeks.
An excellent plant for a butterfly garden, 'Cheyenne Spirit' makes a colorful addition to a perennial garden, is stunning as a mass planting, and makes a great cut flower. Capture the beauty of a Plains sunset in your garden from midsummer through fall with this award-winning new variety.
To read more about Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit', go to: AAS.