YouGarden’s plant of the month for July is the Echinacea ‘Green Twister’
Inject a vibrant shock of colour into your garden with this bright and beautiful Echinacea ‘Green Twister’.
This stunning perennial will provide you with a glorious and colourful display throughout the summer months. The fabulous petals present a perfect blend of striking green and fluorescent pink. ‘Green Twisters’ bright green edges become more pronounced the older the plants get. It will take a couple of years for the striking lime-green tips to be at their very best.
There is a slight variation in each plant, creating totally unique flowers. This adds to the natural attraction and eye-catching formation of ‘Green Twister’. Proven to be the best Echinacea variety for decades. Guaranteed to give an exceptional garden performance, weather resistance and flower robustness. A reliable and extraordinarily perennial plant.
Recommended by the RHS as a ‘Plant for Pollinators’. This gorgeous Echinacea is a favourite with butterflies and bees.
Echinacea ‘Green Twister’ was an unplanned find by its German breeder. It was first found in the seed production fields of the ‘Magnus’ strain. Originally it was thought to be the result of a virus or disease, and this resulted in plants being destroyed. Until it was later discovered that there was no virus at all and that the amazing two-tone bloom is a healthy and natural break, called a ‘sport’.
Top Tip Echinaceas
Cut back stems as the blooms fade which may encourage further flowering; flowers may be kept on the plant for winter interest and are a good source of seed for birds.
Care Information for Echinaceas
- Grow in any fertile, well-drained humus rich soil in full sun, although some shade will be teolerated.
- Water your potted plant well.
- Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
- Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
- Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
- Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot.
- Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
- Firm in the spoil with you heel, avoiding the root ball.
- Water well until established.
- Echinacea are generally pest free, although young growth may be damaged by slugs