Supreme ™ Cantaloupe Coneflower

Supreme ™ 'Cantaloupe' Coneflower

Echinacea Supreme™ 'Cantaloupe' PP#24897

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If a slice of ripe cantaloupe makes you smile, this coneflower will leave you grinning all summer long! Named "Best Perennial" in the Greenhouse Growers Reader's Choice Award (2013), this newer coneflower is quickly gaining popularity in the gardening world. Ever the pleasing perennial, Cantaloupe flaunts ample 4 inch double flower blooms that resemble anemone and come in enticing shades of its namesake melon. This plant boasts compact green foliage and stems strong enough to hold those hefty flowerheads without flopping. To top everything off, Cantaloupe is also known to emit a pleasant aroma and is a staple for cutting gardens.

Planted in the spring, this coneflower shoots up quickly so it can give its summer long performance of spectacular blooms. in summer. Cantaloupe prefers full sun and has proven itself highly tolerant to drought making it a boon for the drought prone lawns of the deep south. Deer don't bother it, but you'll see no end to the parade of butterflies and hummingbirds this beauty will draw in.

As with most of its kind, this coneflower is blessedly easy to care for, having low water needs, and no particular preference for soil quality as long as it's well-drained. Proper deadheading will keep the plant healthy while keeping the blooms coming back all season, but leave the finished flowerheads if you want to give your songbirds a treat in fall.