Common Name: Coneflower
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 2.5 to 3 feet
Spread: 2 to 3.5 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Blooms: Unique Two-Tiered Flowers - Cranberry or Mandarin
Foliage: Medium Green
Features: Attracts Birds & Butterflies. Tolerates Clay, Dry, Shallow and Rocky Soil. Drought Tolerant. Deer Resistant. Cut & Dried Flowers.
'Doubledecker' (also known as 'Doppelganger') has a unique two-tiered bloom. In the first growing season, traditional single coneflowers bloom sporting reflexed pink rays that surround large, rounded, dark brown center cones. Beginning in the second growing season, flowers predominently bloom as before but often with a second small tier of shorter pink rays shooting upward from the top of the brown center cone. Size and quality of the second tier of flowers varies from plant to plant.
Plants typically grow in an upright clump to 36-40" tall and to 24-28" wide on sturdy, well-branched stems that do not need staking. Flowers appear in a floriferous bloom from late spring to late summer, sometimes with additional sporadic bloom until frost. Narrow, oval leaves (to 4" long) with serrated margins are medium green. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter, and if flower heads are not removed, birds will feed on the seeds.
Border fronts, rock gardens or part shade areas of open woodland gardens. Best in groups or massed. Attractive specimen/accent.
Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Dry to Medium
Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. This is an adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants rebloom well without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers encourages continued bloom and improves general appearance.
No serious insect or disease problems.
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