Botanical Name: Echinacea pallida
Common Name: Hula Dancer Coneflower
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 20
Echinacea pallida – One of the more rare members of the Echinacea family. Earlier blooming this lovely pale purple pink bloom has long, dramatically, reflexed petals that resembles a “Hula Skirt”. Blooms continue from mid Summer right through to autumn. The orange brown cone in the center attract nectar birds and bees. An excellent cut flower and well known for it’s medicinal use in boosting the immune system. Enjoys full sun and average to humus rich soil. 75cm H x 60cm W.
Sow Echinacea pallida seed in late winter to spring or late summer to autumn. Seed prefers a cold spell to germinate well. Sow seed on surface of good quality seed raising mix and press in lightly, do not cover seed as seed needs light to germinate, you may use a very light sprinkling of vermiculite. Keep moist but not wet at all times. Keep at 20-24 degrees C . Germination may start after 5 days and may take up to 20 days. Prick out seedlings once large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots to grow on before planting out in spring in well drained soil. Echinacea will flower in 11 to 15 weeks from sowing so Flowers are possible in the first year.