A truly exceptional Echinacea, this member of the Let's Boogie™ series sports big, bright yellow blooms with quilled petals surrounding a golden cone. Remarkably, as the flowers mature, they increase in size, reaching 3½ to 4½ inches wide before passing! What fun -- an ever-changing Echinacea that actually improves with age!
'Passion Flute' takes its name from the fluted shape of its petals -- long, elegant, seemingly made for a hummingbird's beak! Unlike many Echinacea cultivars, which hold their petals downward, these are offered straight out, for maximum showiness. And it works -- bees and butterflies aplenty will visit the flowers all summer, while birds will wait until the seed-filled cone dries out in autumn before arriving to feast! Of course, you'll have to steal a few blooms from them, because 'Passion Flute' makes a superb fresh or dried cut-flower, and you'll want to fill your vases with its sunny tones all season long! But that's okay -- there are plenty of blooms to go around.
Expect 'Passion Flute' to reach 30 to 36 inches high and about 18 to 24 inches wide, with very bushy, well-branched growth. Like all Echinacea, it stands up effortlessly to heat, humidity, dry soil, drought, and cold. Give it a bit of pampering the first year to get it established, then watch it fend for itself beautifully, season after season! Deer tend to leave it alone, and its native vigor protects it against most pests and diseases. Few perennials are easier.
Bred from 'All that Jazz,' this yellow beauty is a standout in any setting. Make a place for it in the sunny border, meadow, or cottage garden this season! Zones 4-8.
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
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.
Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates: