E - Echinacea and Eggplants - the E's of April
Unless specifying another type, echinacea refers to the purple coneflower. It's a perennial, and my five or six grew from a box of mixed pollinator seeds from the Dollar Tree. As with many perennials, they don't bloom their first year, so I wasn't really sure what I had since I'd never grown echinacea before. They grew (no pun intended, I mean I wasn't impressed at first) on me, filling the tall spaces among the cosmos and coreopsis. I bought a bare root PowWow Wild Berry echinacea this past fall. I also have another from seed up of unknown provenance. Pollinators prefer these single petaled ones to the fancy varieties. They have more nectar that is easier for the pollinators to reach.
Yes, eggplant! It's a gorgeous flower on a gorgeous plant that produces gorgeous fruit that taste nasty.
I've grown them just for the flowers when I had someone who wanted the fruit.
Flowery F's for tomorrow!