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Image Avoid This: Echinacea x hybrida 'Magic Box'
By Clint Brown on July 12, 2013

Thompson & Morgan released seeds promising Echinacea in a mixture of colors. The photo indicated that the plants would be orange, yellow, red, bi-colors, etc. However, I have found these seeds produce nothing but pink flowers!

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Image Grow This: Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'
By Clint Brown on June 15, 2010

There are several orange and red Echinaceas available now, but none of them come close to Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'. Not only are the blooms large and colorful, but they also have a nice fragrance! The plants are also reliable and return after winter, unlike some of the other Echinacea hybrids.

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Image Preventing Aster Yellows
By Clint Brown on June 7, 2010

Aster yellows is caused by a tiny organism called a phytoplasma. The phytoplasma is spread from plant to plant by leafhoppers, which feed on the sap of the plants. Since no treatment is available to save an infected Echinacea, Aster yellows is best managed by removing infected plants and controlling leafhopper populations.

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Image Buy This: Echinacea 'Blueberry Pie'
By Clint Brown on April 1, 2010

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. surprised everyone last year with Echinacea 'Tomato Soup'. This year they are back with the first ever blue Echinacea called 'Blueberry Pie'. This new Echinacea was created in a lab by combining genes from a Petunia of unknown origin and Echinacea 'Ruby Giant' to create something never seen before in the plant world...a blue Echinacea!

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Image Try This: Configure
By Clint Brown on March 29, 2010

Many of the new Echinacea cultivars have poor branching. They are often sold as plug-sized plants and often don't survive winter. I have tested Configureā„¢ on my plants and it has shown to improve branching and decrease plant loss.

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Image Grow This: Color-Changing Echinacea
By Clint Brown on March 29, 2010

There are many new Echinacea cultivars available with new colors and bloom forms. We can now add another new category: "Blooms That Change Colors!"

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Image Sow This: Echinacea 'PowWow Wild Berry'
By Clint Brown on March 26, 2010

Echinacea 'PowWow Wild Berry' is an All-America Selections Winner for 2010. Featuring intense flower color and compact habit with excellent branching, this plant is already a winner!

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Image Make This: Coneflowers from Found Items
By Clint Brown on March 24, 2010

There is an old Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) tree next to the parking lot at work. One morning when I arrived I thought, "That looks just like an Echinacea cone!" A jog in the country led to the discovery of Trumpet Vine's (Campsis radicans) dried seed pods which are so easily cut with scissors! A trip to the Chinese restaurant gave me the pre-made stems (Chopsticks) and I was all set to create!

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Grow This: Echinacea pallida
By Clint Brown on March 23, 2010

We are so inundated with magazine articles about new Echinacea cultivars promising unusual colors and new bloom forms. These plants are reproduced in sterile labs using micropropagation and often disappoint in the garden. However, one of my favorite plants is rarely mentioned at all. I'm talking about Echinacea pallida. A plant that is easily grown from something called...SEEDS!

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