Sunday, August 31, 2014

Feature Perennial: Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit-Multi Colored Blooms Mid-Summer Until Fall

Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit


I have discovered a new hybrid Coneflower, Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit with spectacular blooms from mid-summer to early fall.  Winner of the highly regarded Fleuroselect Gold Medal and All-American Selection Awards of 2013,  Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit features slightly fragrant daisy-like blooms in vivid shades of orange, red, rosy-red, yellow, purple and cream surrounding a large brown cone all on the same plant! Besides guessing which color each bloom is going to be, the large colorful petals on this pollinator are just lovely in my late summer garden and are an attraction for butterflies.

Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit


'Cheyenne Spirit' is hardy in USDA zones 4-10 and prefers full sun and moderate watering in a well-drained soil.  Once established watering needs are less and the plant is more drought tolerant. Besides being drought tolerant this perennial is also cold hardy, disease resistant, heat tolerant, humidity tolerant and pest resistant. This herbaceous perennial has a mature size of 24-30" tall by 18-24" wide and displays a full upright habit. Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' is ideal for sunny borders, mass plantings, massing in cottage gardens and cut flowers. Companion plants include Ornamental Grasses, Rudbeckia and Perovskia.

Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit


As an added bonus Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit's stronger stems have shown in test gardens not to topple over with heavy rain like some of the other Echinacea varieties.  Blooms are constant and deadheading is not necessary; however, regularly removing faded blooms will promote continued flowering.  Besides being attractive to butterflies Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' is also "deer resistant".

I am testing this beautiful perennial in my gardens this summer and am happy with the results so far. If you are looking for some late summer color try Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' in your garden!

As Always...Happy Gardening!



Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2014. All rights reserved




15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I have seen this in a local nursery and was tempted to purchase. Next time I may give in to the temptation. I have heard that some of the newer hybrids quickly revert back to the species.

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    1. I will keep everyone posted on this one. I hope they do well and keep their multitude of colors which makes them so interesting!

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  2. Oh, this sounds like the perfect echinacea! I must admit I haven’t had much luck with echinaceas in my garden, I have a sad little one left, that’s all, the rest has either died or been ripped out. I just haven’t got that kind of growing conditions – that’s why fuchsias are so happy in my garden :-)

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    1. It is Helene...I love it! I have been wanting echinacea in the garden for some time now but never really had a space so I extended the bed a bit to fit some in next to existing ornamental grasses. I always have admired them in late summer so I am trying them out. I hope they do alright...time will tell.

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  3. I like some of the new echinacea and this is one I would like due to its shape and color.

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    1. It is a beauty Donna. I was thrilled to have found it at the nursery and am hooked!

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  4. Queste Echinacee arancioni sono bellissime ma non riesco mai a trovarle!!!

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    1. (These orange echinacea are beautiful but I can never find them !!!). They were a lucky find. I usually see the standard types but these just came out in seed form in 2013 and as full plants in 2014 so they are relatively new.

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    2. Ah, ok! VedrĂ² di cercarle in futuro allora :) Grazie!

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  5. I've not heard of this one, Lee, but it sure is a lovely flower.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure Lisa. I was so thrilled with this discovery that I thought I would share. New hybrids are coming out each year which just keep getting better and better...a gardener's dream!

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  6. How lovely that it blooms different colours, I have pink ones in my garden, but multicolours would be great!

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    1. Hi Paula. They are doing well and I am enjoying the displays of orange, pink, yellow and cream colored petals!

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