PlantTherapy: Coneflowers Take Manhattan

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Echinacea at the Greenmarket (possibly a white purpurea, called White Swan)

Echinacea is another tough perennial that holds up well in New York City. They are drought-tolerant and can survive in full or part sun. I love 'em. This is the time of year to appreciate the blossoms. I love how the colors on the florets in the center of the flower mix together delicately and dance around as you change viewing angles, making an otherwise plain plant quite dazzling.

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Echinacea Purpurea, the eastern coneflower, in a front yard in Kensington, BKLYN.

This prairie wildflower has become a popular garden addition and hybrids are popping up more and more. Some recent additions have names like 'Coconut Lime' and 'Doubledecker', 'Tiki Torch' and 'Pink Double Delight' and look as if they were conceived by the stylists from Hairspray.

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I just bought my first Echinacea and put it in the ground last week. I can't wait until I can start dividing and sharing!

matt at apartment therapy dot com

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