Growing the Yellow Coneflower
Echinacea paradox, also known as the yellow coneflower or Ozark coneflower,
It is a type of purple coneflower named for its unique display of color. This varietal is native to Oklahoma, where Native Americans prized it for its beauty and medicinal qualities. Each daisy-shaped blossom has over a dozen narrow, drooping yellow petals that radiate from a coppery brown cone. With tall stems and long, sword-like, deep green leaves, this perennial is a brightly colored delight proliferating in all soil types. The sweetly scented blossoms are perfect for cutting and add liveliness to a rustic bouquet.
The yellow coneflower is a hardy, self-sowing plant that proliferates in most regions of the continental United States
These flowers make a charming addition to meadows and wildflower or pollinator gardens, and the flowers can thrive in the presence of deer or other animals. The blossoms attract butterflies, hummingbirds, goldfinches, and other pollinators who enjoy feeding on their nectar, pollen, and seed heads.
Echinacea paradoxa grows and flowers best in full sunlight. This drought- and the heat-tolerant plant is easy to care for. It can adapt to many soil types but likes the best to be well-drained, alkaline, or clay soil. The plant generates a long taproot that extends deep into the earth to find water and nourishment. The flowers should be watered enough to moisten these taproots in arid conditions.
The Ozark cornflower peaks in early to mid-summer and continues to bloom as the months progress into fall. Gardeners can deadhead faded flowers to encourage lush and frequent blooming while keeping plants neat. As the weather turns colder, mulching plants can help to insulate them from low temperatures. Plants that take hold in the spring or early summer and establish a robust root system should be able to survive the winter.
Yellow coneflowers can be grown outdoors from seeds planted in the fall
They naturally germinate in cold, moist soil and take a year or two to bloom. Yellow coneflowers can also be grown in well-drained, tall containers. If you fertilize them once a month and give them plenty of suns, these potted plants can grow almost anywhere. However you choose to plant them, these flowers will brighten your day.