Echinacea (coneflower) is a perennial staple popular among garden beginners and pros alike. It is famous for its long bloom times and ability to thrive in various soil conditions. Coneflower is also a pollinator magnet, attracting birds and bees and butterflies to garden beds. Are your customers looking for a new coneflower to add to their garden beds? Introduce them to echinacea ‘Lovely Lolly’!
‘Lovely Lolly’ is covered in gorgeous, 2.5”-3.5” pink-red flowers atop deep purple stems. In full bloom, she stands about 20”-24” high and spreads 14”-16”.
This great performer’s blooms fill beds with brilliant color from June all the way through October. ‘Lovely Lolly’ also looks great in borders, containers and summer bouquets!
Echinacea is often called a “prairie plant” due to its low-maintenance, hardy nature. ‘Lovely Lolly’ pairs well with other prairie plants including achillea, black-eyed Susans, and ornamental grasses. In addition, she also makes a striking impact planted among daisies and hydrangeas. This beauty is a great addition to any garden plan!
Do your customers enjoy attracting wildlife to their gardens? Coneflower is also a great food source for overwintering birds. Instead of pruning echinacea before winter, leave spent flowers intact for hungry birds who love seeds.
Deadhead spent flowers, but stop in early fall to save seed heads for birds.
Uses & Attributes
Borders, Cut flower, Attracts Birds and Butterflies
Growing & Marketing Advice
Media Type: Use well-draining media. Moisture level: 2-3 (Range: 1-dry 5-wet). Media pH :6-7 (fairly tolerant). Feeding Recommendations: Balanced feed at 100-150 ppm is sufficient for healthy growth during build-up. Lighting: Prefers full sun; will tolerate moderate shade once planted out. Vernalization: Not required for 1st year blooming. Scheduling Recommendations: Plant in weeks 56-52 for shipping in weeks 4-10; can be adjusted depending on cultural practices.