Echinacea Butterfly™ ‘Golden Skipper’ PPAF

A profusion of Lemon Yellow Blooms!

Common Name Golden Skipper coneflower
Size 15-18" tall by 18-24" wide
USDA hardiness Zones 5(4)-9
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Soil Moist, but well-drained
Moisture Average garden soil
Disease and Pests None known
Landscape use Borders, foundation plantings, small urban gardens, wildlife gardens, cutting gardens, containers
Market appeal / Uniqueness Golden Skipper is a strong plant that supports single, meyer lemon colored blooms. A compact, yet sturdy plant, this new selection will make the perfect 1 gallon plant or middle border mass. Named after a common butterfly of the same color, this new selection will brighten borders, add color to mixed planters and attract hundreds of beautiful butterflies to your garden.
Propagation Methods Tissue Culture
Bloom Time June-September

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

From the ever-evolving breeding program at AB Cultivars comes another superior single coneflower for the Butterfly Series. Named after the popular Golden Skipper butterfly, this fantastic new selection’s saturated, deep lemon yellow color is reminiscent of the wings of her namesake.

A bright and sunny addition to any garden, this compact, yet sturdy, well branched plant makes the perfect border or massing plant.  It’s also really great in a container or patio planting. This new coneflower can grow to full size in one growing season in the ground and in even less time in a container.  It’s as if it grows like and annual. An amazing coneflower!

Single petaled coneflowers are simple, much more minimalist, and the birds and butterflies definitely prefer their cones to the doubles.  They still feast on the seeds and nectar in the doubles, but they’ll go to the singles first every time.

Orange Skipper makes the perfect partner for our Campanula ‘Freya’ and other, coneflowers like Echinacea ‘Milkshake’ and ‘Cleopatra’.

For Gardeners

Not too much mulch, especially in the fall.  Make sure also to leave spent flowers until early spring – why?  Two reasons – #1 – feed the birds and give them a winter perch and #2 this will prevent the straw effect – cut bloom stalks act like straws bringing uneccessary moisture into the crown of the plant, rotting it over the winter.

For Growers

Having trouble finishing the new hybrids in pots?  Here’s some useful growing information from Paul Westervelt of Saunder’s Brothers Nursery in VA.

http://www.greenhousegrower.com/video/plant-culture/v-echinacea-production-tips/