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Echinacea purpurea 'Green Twister'

Green Twister Coneflower

‘Green Twister’ has lemon-lime petals that transition to a light pink or carmine red near the center cone. A robust plant with strong stems to hold the flowers upright when they bloom in mid-summer to fall. Stems lengthen after the first year and make excellent cut flowers. This plant is a natural mutation of ‘Magnus’, it is not a hybrid and therefore overwinters better than many modern hybrids. Coneflowers are well known for attracting butterflies and other pollinators and the seeds are relished by birds in the autumn. Drought resistant once established and easy to grow in sun and light shade. 

Benefits

  • Attracts butterflies in large numbers
  • Hummingbirds thrive on the sweet nectar
  • Finches crave its seed in the fall
  • Long blooming, unique color, cut flower
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Looks terrific planted with native grasses

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in full sun to part shade but flowers best in full sun. Adapts to drought, moist soil, heat, humidity and poor soil. Let flowers go to seed and you will find finches and other songbirds eating the seed in late summer and fall. 


Height
2-3 ft

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Spread
18-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Moist prairies and meadows and gaps in low woods; Ohio to Michigan and Iowa south to Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Georgia.

Native Trivia

Coneflowers do double duty when it comes to benefiting wildlife. The new flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators while old flowers provide seed for songbirds.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Low Water Use
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin