Passion Flute Coneflower
Echinacea 'Passion Flute' PPAF
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.
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- Tips to Attract Butterflies
- Deer-resistant Tips
- How to Grow
- Heat Tolerant
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||2 ft 6 in - 3 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Native, Needs Deadheading|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, 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.
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.