Echinacea x 'Merlot' (Asteraceae)
Echinacea 'Merlot' is a cross of unknown parentage from Terra Nova which brings out the darker reds and purples in the coneflower palette. Large 5" blooms of a dark rose-pink with orange center cones are held atop sturdy dark-red stems. Merlot blooms from late spring through summer on upright well-branched stems with multiple blooms. Cutting back extends bloom into fall.
Bloom period: late-spring
Container size: Qt.