Echinacea ‘Double Scoop Lemon Cream’
Fluffy double balls of lemon-cream petals.
60cm. Sun-1/2 Sun. Hardy hot, dry, frost.
This is an outstanding and vibrant modern hybrid, and a great development in both colour and form on the traditional purple coneflower.
But equally as hardy, water-wise and easy as the original old coneflowers.
(See “Growing” section below for details).
Water-wise & dry hardy
Echinacea ‘Double Scoop Lemon Cream’ is an excellent water-wise choice for gardeners conscious of using minimal water. Once established, Echinacea can withstand periods of dry and heat well.
Excellent cut flowers
All Echinacea plants provide excellent and long lasting cut flowers.
But with their vivid and rich blends of colour, the blooms of Echinacea ‘Double Scoop Lemon Cream’ really give outstanding flowers for vases, as well as excellent garden display.
Growing: Echinacea ‘Double Scoop Lemon Cream’
– Height with flowers: Blooms over summer and autumn on strong, weatherproof stems to approx. 60cm. high.
– Width: Neat, tight, evergreen clump of foliage to a diameter of 30cm. approx.
– Position: Echinacea are hardy growers in Full Sun, though they can also tolerate and perform well in some Partial Shade. As long as they are well drained and not in damp shade.
Easily pleased, unfussy plants
– Soil: Echinacea are considered very easy to please plants.
Because they will happily tolerate poor, rocky soil, sandy or dry soils, as well as normal, average garden soil.
So they perform better when they are not overfed or pampered with rich soil.
Unfussy Echinacea can also can tolerate clay soils as long as they do not remain wet and mucky.
Plus they are tolerant of alkaline, lime soils.
– Frost: Echinacea are very frost hardy, as they can tolerate hard frosts to below -20C.
– Humidity: Echinacea also tolerate summer humidity well.
– Water-wise: Echinacea are excellent water-wise perennials, because they have a low water need once established.
– Fragrance: Echinacea are magnificent and long lasting cut flowers, even though they have little to no scent.
– Growth: Echinacea make a neat, hardy, evergreen perennial clump.
– Beneficial for wildlife: The nectar rich cones provide much needed energy food over the warmer months for bees and butterflies. Then if you leave the decorative cones to dry, they will also provide seed for small birds into winter.
Easy, low care
– Care: Echinacea are very easy care, low maintenance plants. They are rarely if ever troubled by pests or diseases. The only possible maintenance work is to harvest the flower stems for flower vases, or to tidy off the spent flower stems at the end of autumn (though leave the cones to dry into winter if you wish to attract small seed eating birds to your garden).
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Echinacea are fortunately not particularly attractive to either rabbits or deer.
– Origin: Echinacea are native to the prairies of Eastern and Central North America, where they grow in a very wide range of conditions. This of course accounts for their hardiness and unfussy nature in the garden.
A much loved traditional & modern medicinal plant
Echinacea purpurea was always an important ingredient in their medicine chest for the native American First Nation people. They used it to treat wounds and infections, and especially to treat snakebite.
And Echinacea purpurea has once again today become a popular modern herbal supplement, with many believers in its efficacy for strengthening the immune system.
It is now grown as a commercial crop for herbal medicine companies.
But Echinacea ‘Double Scoop Lemon Cream’ has been especially bred as an outstanding new garden cultivar.
And a pet Hedgehog
The botanical name for Echinacea comes from the Greek for prickly Hedgehog. Of course this refers to the decorative cones. But don’t worry – they are not prickly and irresistible to pat.