Coneflower
Echinacea 'Mac 'n' Cheese'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Mac 'n' Cheese
Additional cultivar information:(PP19464, PVR)
Hybridized by Korlipara
Registered or introduced: 2007

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Menifee, California

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hamilton, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Richmond, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
3
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 24, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Wow, surprised that 3 people have given it a negative rating. This echie is growing for the 2nd year in my garden and is doing quite well, so far.

Negative

On Jun 16, 2010, aegir from Bethesda, MD wrote:

Got 3 of these at an end of year sale last june. The deer ate all 3 down to 1 or 2 basal leaves, then it never recovered and all 3 died. First coneflower I've ever had that the deer ate, and it wasn't a very strong grower so it never recovered. Would not recommend.

Positive

On Jul 8, 2009, Nevermore44 from Hamilton, OH wrote:

I purchased a plug in spring. It did take quite a while to start putting on growth. After the initial setting time, it started putting on decent growth and is now in bloom with many buds. Flower is a solid color, consistent, with no quilling on the petals.

Negative

On Jun 7, 2009, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Apparently mine is just as bad, dismal to say the least. It is still tiny and it's leaves look awful and diseased. Not a go getter period.

Negative

On Jun 5, 2009, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the absolute weakest Echinacea plant I've ever grown. The plant is still shorter than the plant tag after two months! It has very little basal branching.

If the name of this plant isn't awful enough, you have the fact that it's an awful garden plant to top it all off!

This plant is a mutant that won't grow!