I found a new Cone flower this past year and it gave me countless moments of pleasure. The flowers were red orange and your eye went right to them when you were gazing across the flower garden. I was rewarded with a few blooms the first year and I hope that it survives the cold winter that we are having so that it can expand and fill in even more for a bigger splotch of color.
I think that there are many reasons to have Cone flowers in your garden. If you love birds and butterflies then that’s two big reasons right there. I attract a lot of Western Tiger Swallowtail butterflies with my cone flowers and they seem to stay a long time on each flower, making it easier to take pictures of them. The birds will eat the seeds in the winter if you leave the dead flowers on the stalks to winter over. By doing that you also end up with coneflowers that came from the plant reseeding itself. The flowers themselves last a long time and are attractive even when they are dying, the petals turn downwards and the center cone will expand and thrust up making it more noticeable to the butterflies.
To this date, I have several colors of cone flower, most of which I purchased last Spring. I have two shades of purple, a white, this red orange and I’ll be looking for newer varieties when I plant flowers in the Spring. They are also drought resistant and in this time day and age we are all about conserving water and natural resources. The birds that you attract will eat the bugs so you won’t have to spray nasty chemicals in your garden, for the better health of wildlife and persons living at your house.
So if you’ve ever considered planting these hardy and beautiful perennials, take my word for it and give it a try, you won’t be sorry!
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