Echinacea purpurea ‘Doubledecker’ 

Hatted up ready for the Melbourne Cup

‘Doubledecker’ is a unique eyecatcher, with topknots of frilly petals twisting out of the top of every cone.
So each flower looks as if it has dressed up with a “fascinator” hat, ready for the Melbourne Cup.
Otherwise Echinacea purpurea ‘Doubledecker’ is just as hardy, free flowering, and easy to grow as all the other Echinacea. But with such fun flowers.
‘Doubledecker’ is a prolific bloomer.

Water-wise & dry hardy

Echinacea purpurea ‘Doubledecker’ 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 frilly topknots, the blooms of Echinacea purpurea ‘Doubledecker’ really make a jaunty addition to the vase. 

Growing: Echinacea purpurea ‘Doubledecker’

Height with flowers: Blooms over summer and autumn on strong, weatherproof stems to approx. 70cm. 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.

Garden benefits

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.

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. 


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