Bay Area Plant Pick for August: Echinacea

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Echinacea (aka Coneflower) is one of the more popular perennials in the Bay Area for summer color going into fall. Available in vibrant shades of pink, purple, white, orange, and yellow, Echinacea can grow between 2 to 4 feet in full sun depending on variety. This pollinator attracting plant is a low maintenance, easy to grow, drought tolerant beauty that will thrive in a sunny location.

Use Echinacea in beds for a mass effect, or at the back for added height. They are native to the prairies of North America and will tolerate most soils including poor soils. Echinacea comes from the Greek word Ekhinos meaning Hedgehog or Sea Urchin referring to the spiky center.

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