A striking variety from Terra Nova Nurseries in Oregon, 'Firebird' struts its bright reddish orange plumage around large, dark brown cones. Plants grow into compact clumps with an upright, well-branched habit, and all the usual charms of Echinacea. PP 22,775
Echinacea, a North American genus in the Daisy family, has big, bright flowers that appear from late June until frost. Coneflowers thrive in average soils or hot, dry conditions and shrug off cold. Blooms last well, cut or dried, and the seeds in the large cone at the heart of the flower head provide nourishment for birds. E. purpurea, a rugged species that is native from Iowa and Ohio to Louisiana and Georgia. Equally at home in formal borders or cottage gardens.