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Coneflowers: Magnus - changing color/ size of bloom

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etnredclay
Spring City, TN

July 2, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9190484

A six-year-old bed of coneflower - Echinacea Magnus - is coming up with some of the blooms that look true... and some of them are smaller and white some of them the same size and white... is this normal? Not complaining, love the contrast, just startled when they didn't all bloom the same.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9190559

Could they be seedlings that crossed with something else.
etnredclay
Spring City, TN

July 2, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9190581

The only thing there was purple Magnus for 6 years and these are what remain. I keep pretty accurate notes of what goes where -- even when I don't do anytthing for a while, I keep all my notes -- and the only coneflower I had purchased at that time was Magnus... which is why it's so interesting to me

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #9191995

Weird! Seems strange for a plant to change like that after 6 years.
etnredclay
Spring City, TN

July 4, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9192395

Well, let me clarify... I planted the Magnus 6 years ago, walked away when life got busy, and this year I'm clearing things out and discovering what survived... I kept great notes 6 years ago, have a notebook for every year I'm paying attention... here is the morphing Magnus...

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echinaceamaniac
(Clint) Medina, TN
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9193236

Even a pink Echinacea can have white seedlings. It happens all the time. That's how they came up with white Echinaceas. It's definitely a seedling or you planted a white one and forgot. It happens to the best of us. I would just chalk it up as a gift from God. I think it's beautiful.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 4, 2012
6:23 PM

Post #9193278

Yes, It's always interesting to see what kind of flowers you will get, some will surprise you!
etnredclay
Spring City, TN

July 7, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #9196811

I love the mixture so much that I'm making a point of buying a few Pow Wow Wild Berry to put in my Pow Wow White bed... Really highlights the colors. THANKS all!

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2012
3:21 PM

Post #9196951

That's a great idea, It's beautiful even if it was by accident!

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 7, 2012
6:59 PM

Post #9197188

Some the greatest ideas and discoveries happen by accident. I agree..that is wonderful!!
prosdokaobasile
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2012
9:12 PM

Post #9197322

Nothing is by accident, but a gift from God! :) I usually don't like white flowers, but now I think I changed my mind. That is soooooo pretty!!!

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2012
2:07 AM

Post #9197421

Me too, they also look good with the Rudbeckias.
etnredclay
Spring City, TN

July 8, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9198231

I was pleasantly surprised. And the terraces are up against a TALL DARK hill, the ground above them shaded by really big tall trees, so white just POPS.. and unfortunately my beloved purple fades into the darkness of the background unless you are right up on them...

Oh, well, I spend time "right up on them" so I can enjoy them. lol.

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