Echinacea purpurea ‘Mellow Yellows’
MELLOW YELLOW CONEFLOWER
Petal rays in shades of soft yellows, around mahogany-copper cones make Echinacea purpurea ‘Mellow Yellow’ a happy treat.
And the common name of ‘Mellow Yellow Coneflower’ is a perfect description.
‘Mellow Yellow’ is a compact grower and a prolific bloomer, again making it a very popular with gardeners.
This new form is a result of modern cross breeding with the yellow and fragrant Echinacea paradoxa – giving the delightful soft yellow shades, and gently sweet fragrance. So gardeners have taken to it with joy.
‘Mellow Yellow’ is a prolific and particularly long bloomer, giving a procession of flowers through the warm months of summer until late in autumn.
Blooms come on well branched stems, and these strong stems do not need any staking.
Flowers last particularly well in the garden as well as in a vase.
The cones are also decorative on the plant long after the petals have dropped.
So gardeners often leave the cones to stand in the garden through winter, providing both visual structure, and feed for small native seed eating birds such as Finches.
Hardy Echinacea purpurea ‘Mellow Yellows’ enjoys Full Sun to Light Shade, and it is a very unfussy, low maintenance plant.
Because this new garden hybrid has inherited the hardiness of both wild parents.
S0 ‘Mellow Yellow’ grows happily in just about any well drained soil.
Once established it is a water-wise plant, that needs only minimal extra watering, and can survive dry spells well.
It is robustly frost hardy, but can also tolerate humidity in the air.
Pests or diseases rarely if ever trouble Echinacea.
And even rabbits and deer tend to leave it way down on their menu card.
Elegant 80cm H x 45cm neat foliage clump.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow at any time of year in punnets indoors / or scatter in garden late winter & spring or late summer & autumn.
INDOORS: Sow in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix, moistened through.
Press gently to ensure good contact with the mix.
Light is needed for germination, so only barely cover the seeds.
Now thoroughly moisten the punnet by standing in a shallow water bath.
And allowing the moisture to percolate to the surface of the mix from below.
Now stand the punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sunlight)
Continue to keep moist by misting with a spray water bottle.
Temperatures of 20-24°C approx. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
Germination may start in just 5 days and may take up to 20 days.
Echinacea will flower in 11 to 15 weeks from sowing so flowers are possible in the first year grown from seed.
Prick out the seedlings once they large enough to handle.
And transplant into 7.5cm pots to grow on before planting out in spring in well drained soil.
SEED COUNT: 8 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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