Common Name: Coneflower Echinacea Delicious Candy

Height: 18.0-24.0 Inches

Spread: 14.0-16.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9

Flower Color: Pink shades

Foliage Color: Green shades

Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) or Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements: Low Water Needs or Average Water Needs

Soil Quality: Poor Soil Quality or Average Soil Quality or Fertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0) or Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0) or Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)

Bloomtime: Midsummer or Late Summer

Attracts Wings: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Songbirds, Bee Friendly

Critter Resistant: Deer Resistant

Seasonal Interest: Dried Seed Heads

Growth Rate: Medium

Garden Style: Patio Container, Cottage, Eclectic, Prairie

Other Features: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Dried Flower, Drought Tolerant, Easy To Grow, Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Mass Planting, Specimen, Focal Point

Origin: Native to North America

 

According to the Dutch hybridizer Marco van Noort, ‘Delicious Candy’ is his best Echinacea in 5 years! The color on this double coneflower is practically fluorescent, with glowing fuchsia pink flowers. The single ray petals are held horizontally underneath the large pom-pom blooms. ‘Delicious Candy’ is one of the first Echinacea to flower and stays fresh looking long into the season. In addition to its beautiful flowers, this coneflower also has attractive dark green leaves and dark stems on compact plants.

Praised for their cheerful brightly colored flowers, 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.

 

Gardening Tips:

Coneflowers like it sunny and hot. Though they will tolerate light shade, fewer flowers will be produced and the plants will be weakened. Light, loamy soils are best but coneflowers will grow in any well-drained soil. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant.