Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Twister’
Very unusual colouring, and excellent flower production, make Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Twister’ a welcome new addition to the Coneflower family.
An unusual & twisted new beauty
The flowers on ‘Green Twister’ have the most unusual colouring.
Twisted petals are green, overlaid with a burgundy blush from the central cone.
Copious flower production over a long period through summer and autumn, as well as being a tough grower, make Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Twister’ a very desirable as well as unusual new beauty.
(See “Growing” section below for plant and cultivation details)
Tough & hardy
But this “new kid on the block” is just as hardy and tough as her older relatives.
And in fact has been specially bred for compact growth and strong weatherproof flower stems, as well as the family trait of drought resistance.
Excellent cut flowers
‘Green Twister’ produces a steady stream of flowers to cut for vases.
And they last for ages, both in the garden or cut for the vase.
Plus there are always more coming on ‘Green Twister’. It has a particularly long blooming season through summer and autumn.
Growing: Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Twister’
– 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: Plant makes 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. Unusual colouring and exceptional flower production make ‘Green Twister’ a treasured new garden cultivar.
A much loved traditional & modern medicinal plant
Echinacea purpurea was always important to the native American First Nation peoples. They treasured it as powerful medicine, using it to treat wounds and infections, and especially to treat snakebite.
And now today, Echinacea purpurea has once again become a popular modern herbal supplement.
With many believers crediting Echinacea for strengthening the immune system.