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Echinacea Green Envy

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Posted By John Pearson

There has never been a ‘color-changing’ Echinacea before like Green Envy Plant Patent Applied For.
You simply won’t believe what happens to these blooms. They open lime-green and daisy-shaped, with a light green cone. Then, as they mature, the petals elongate, revealing a deep maroon base, and the cone transforms itself from green to dark purple! You really get two sorts of bloom out of every flower during the long flowering period of this remarkable cultivar.
Green Envy is destined to be a standout wherever you plant it, so choose a prominent position in well-drained, sun-soaked soil and prepare for the show. The flowering stems are exceptionally thick and strong, extending the life of these blooms either on the plant or in the vase (they make wonderful fresh or dried cutflowers). Butterflies and bees adore them all summer, followed by songbirds, which feast on the drying seed-filled cones in autumn. But the most amazing feature is those lengthening petals and transforming cones.
This plant reaches 30 to 36 inches high and about 3 feet wide. Like all Echinaceas, it is cut-and-come-again, so deadhead or cut the first blooms promptly for quickest rebloom. The season continues from midsummer through early fall, giving you armloads of glorious two-tone beauty.
Though this is a cultivated variety, it has all the hardiness and resistance to heat, humidity, drought, and poor soil that you expect from a native plant. Needing only good drainage and some pampering the first year to get its root system established, Green Envy is prepared to thrive for many seasons, only becoming better-branched and stronger-flowered over time. One of the mainstays of the sunny border, it is an exceptionally useful as well as beautiful perennial. Plant is alongside another exciting newcomer, DOUBLE green-flowered ‘Coconut Lime.’ Humble Purple Coneflower has come a long, long way!
Green Envy is hardy from one end of the country to the other, and very vigorous. Be the first in the neighborhood to enjoy this stunning new cultivar!

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