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Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows' (purple coneflower)
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Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows'

purple coneflower

A beautiful and long-lasting coneflower, Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows' is a seed introduction from Jelitto that ranges from light yellow to the deepest golden with bright orange centers. Flowering in its first season, this sturdy and reliable plant is an excellent cut flower and a great source of nectar and seed to pollinators and wildlife. 

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Height

24-30 Inches

Spread

12-24 Inches

Spacing

12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

purple coneflower Interesting Notes

Ranging from Texas to New York, Echinacea purpurea can be found in moist prairies, meadows and open woods. As popular as they are in the landscape, coneflower is uncommon in the wild. They prefer full sun in fertile well-drained soil but one of the best features of Echinacea is the way it is able to tolerate drought, clay, high heat and humidity, part sun, and poor soils. Introduced by Jelitto Perennial Seeds in 2018.


The flowers of coneflower provide multiple seasons of interest from summer while it blooms to fall and winter where the great seedheads are upright and structural. Butterflies and bees love the nectar of the flowers and goldfinches can’t help but flock to the seeds during the fall. While trialing ‘Green Twister’, we found the plant began flowering reliably by the first season of growth and was disease and pest resistant. Full growth at 3 years would provide a lovely, long lasting show and colorful flowers great for cutting.

Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Echinacea take a wide array of conditions from average dry soil to medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full sun. Plant flowers best in full sun. Low-maintenance and tolerates drought, humidity, heat, poor soil. Resistant to pest and disease but sometimes suspectible to aster yellows disease. To encourage longer bloom time, flower heads can be deadheaded but not necessary. Seedheads are a delightful source of food for birds. To propogate, divide clump in the spring every 4 years. Root cuttings are also successful. Propogation by seed does not usually come true to type. 

Good Substitutions

purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
yellow purple coneflower Echinacea paradoxa
coneflower Echinacea purpurea
purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Summer
Summer

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Dry
Average
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Attributes
Edible
Native to North America
Clay Tolerance
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar