Butterfly Kisses Echinacea Coneflower Plant
Echinacea purpurea 'Butterfly Kisses' PPAF
'Butterfly Kisses' is the latest and most exciting Echinacea of a series by the same name. Introduced by master Dutch breeder Arie Blom, it will wow you with its fragrance, its double-flowered blooms, and its compact stature. How exciting -- a new Echinacea so beautiful and tidy that we can squeeze it into our already crowded sunny borders!
Just 18 inches high in full bloom, 'Butterfly Kisses' bears its giant 3-inch pompons on extra-sturdy stems, held straight up for maximum showiness. The plant reaches only 14 to 16 inches wide, so if you've got a foot of bare soil receiving sunshine and decent drainage, you can grow 'Butterfly Kisses'! If not -- well, this Echinacea is so compact that it would do nicely in a patio container, too!
Expect 'Butterfly Kisses' to begin flowering when the summer really begins to heat up, and to continue through the end of the season. Long-lived, highly adaptable, and resistant to everything from heat and humidity to poor soil and drought, this is one tough cookie in the sunny garden! And it's perfect for smaller-space gardens where other Echinacea will not fit.
Deer leave this Coneflower alone, while butterflies and bees flock to it during summer and birds visit after its seed-filled cones have dried out in autumn. Such a pleasant addition to any part of the garden, it's particularly effective in a meadow setting, among wildflowers, or beside garden paths, where its beauty can be enjoyed up close. It also makes great cut-flowers for the vase. Zones 4-8.
- Product Details
- Customer Reviews
- Tips to Attract Butterflies
- Deer-resistant Tips
- How to Grow
- The Wayside Difference
- Heat Tolerant
|Zone||4 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Mid Summer - Late Summer|
|PlantWidth||14 in - 16 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Native, Needs Deadheading, Rose Companions|
|BloomColor||Dark Orange, Light Purple, Yellow|
|LightRequirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|MoistureRequirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
- Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.
- If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.
- Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.
- Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.
- Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.
- Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.
- Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.
- Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.
- Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.
- If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.
- Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
As the deer population has boomed and
food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will
strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there
are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these
Use physical barriers
A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.
Plant Deer-resistant VarietiesHerbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.
Having a dog In the FamilyOwning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.
For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.
Set plants 18 to 24 inches apart, in a sunny or lightly shaded location with a rich, well-drained soil.
Keep plants moist but not overly wet until established. Flowering period may be extended by deadheading (removing faded blooms). Divide every 3 years. Remove chance seedlings, as they will not come true to color.
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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:
1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".
2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.
3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.
4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.