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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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:

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner 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 aegir 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 Nevermore44 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 kentstar 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 echinaceamaniac 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!


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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