|Size||15-18” tall by 18-24” wide|
|USDA hardiness Zones||5(4)-9|
|Sun / Shade||full sun|
|Soil||moist, but well drained|
|Disease and Pests||none known|
|Landscape use||Borders, foundation plantings, small urban gardens, wildlife gardens, cutting gardens, containers|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Cleopatra is a strong plant that supports single, lemon yellow blooms. A compact, yet sturdy plant, this new selection will make the perfect 1 gallon plant or middle border mass. Named after a European butterfly of the same color, this new selection will brighten any garden spot.|
|Propagation Methods||tissue culture, divisions|
|Date of Introduction||June 1, 2011|
|Bloom Time||Early to mid June for 8 to 12 weeks|
From the ever-evolving breeding program at AB Cultivars come their first break through single coneflower. Named after a butterfly of the same name, Cleopatra’s bright, deep golden color is reminiscent of the wings of her namesake. A bright and sunny addition to any garden, this compact, yet sturdy, well branched plant makes the perfect border or massing plant. It’s also really great in a container or patio planting.
I’m really liking the way the petals are semi double and how they float with a slight curl, one on top of the next, making it look like a fluttering petal (or butterfly wings) in the wind. The deep, grass green foliage contrast well with the bright, golden petals.
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Having trouble finishing the new hybrids in pots? Here’s some useful growing information from Paul Westervelt of Saunder’s Brothers Nursery in VA.