Common name: Coneflower-Purple Echinacea P. Butterfly Kisses

Height: 18 Inches
Spread: 14-16 Inches
Flower Color: Pink shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8
Sun or Shade?: Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun) Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?: Low water needs Average water needs
Want to see wings?: Attracts butterflies Attracts songbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:: Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?: Medium
When should it bloom?:  Midsummer Late summer
Looking for seasonal interest?:  Attractive Seed Heads
How's your soil?: Poor Soil Average Soil Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0) Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?: Container/Patio Prairie Cottage Eclectic
 

The ‘Butterfly Kisses’ Echinacea from master hybridizer Arie Blom is one you’ll definitely want to have this year.  Selected by the breeder for its compactness and sturdy habit, we agree that this is easily one of the nicest of the double pom-pom type Echinaceas introduced thus far. 

Nicely proportional plants with large flowers held like an umbrella just atop the attractive deep green foliage.  The compact, very well-branched, broadly mounding plants have very strong flower stems, an improvement over older pink doubles. 

Fragrant, bright pink, pom-pom flowers with lighter ray petals measure 3” across--large flowers for such a compact plant.  This floriferous perennial will look terrific in containers at retail and in the landscape. 

Coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. Be sure to leave some spent blooms on the plants in the fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.