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Rocky Top Coneflower

Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top'

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Rocky Top Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Rocky Top Coneflower flowers

Rocky Top Coneflower flowers

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Rocky Top Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Rocky Top Coneflower in bloom

Rocky Top Coneflower in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  16 inches

Flower Height:  28 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Tennessee Coneflower

Description:

Star-like daisies with narrow pink rays and blackish pincushion centers; strong stems are great for cut flowers; birds eat the seeds; good for low water use gardening

Ornamental Features

Rocky Top Coneflower has masses of beautiful pink daisy flowers with black eyes at the ends of the stems from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Rocky Top Coneflower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Rocky Top Coneflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Rocky Top Coneflower will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 28 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Rocky Top Coneflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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