Ever since I bought the plant with the pink daisy-like flowers from the girl down the road, I had been wondering what it was called. Her hubby was the one who sold it to me while she was out for the day, and he hadn’t known what it was either?
After a quick visit to Pinterest this morning, I have found out what it is!
Coneflowers (Echinacea)—Bright, tall and drought-resistant. Delightfully daisy-like, coneflower plants will charm your neighbors, as well as local hummingbirds and butterflies. Pink, orange and yellow are just a few of the vivid bloom colors these plants produce in mid to late summer. Freshly cut coneflowers make bright summer displays, and are sure to spark warm conversations wherever they’re placed.
A picture on Pinterest of a garden full of hollyhocks and other perennials lead me to Spring Hill Nursery. After a few clicks I came across some coneflower pictures and immediately recognized mine. The description comes from their website, but the link will take you to a page with some tips on how to care for them.
After reading it, I took a photo, then snipped off the two top spent flowers, pulled off the petals and put the two cones in the tiny vase I have in the kitchen with the lemon balm I picked last week. It really needs a third cone, so as soon as the one that’s nearly finished blooming is done, I’ll snip that off too.
Now, I know there’s some medicinal or health-related properties associated with echinacea, so I will have to look them up for when the plant gets big.
Anyway, here are quick before and after pics of my coneflowers (aka echinacea). I love that they attract hummingbirds and butterflies, can’t wait to see how they look in the coming years.
PS: Did you know cats do not like lemon balm? I knew mosquitoes did not like it, which is why I’m growing it. But since putting the clipping in the vase and even offering it to Shadow, he turns his nose up at it. Win! Not so much my spider plants and other spiky plants though!