Echinacea purpurea 'Green Twister'
Common name: Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea 'Green Twister' is noted for its large flowers (10 centimetres or 4 inches across), which face horizontally. These flowers are lime green at the outer edge of the spoon-like petals, and gradually turn pink, then magenta near the cone. These sit on top of sturdy, upright stems. The leaves, which are coarse and hairy, are dark green and lance-shaped.
E. purpurea 'Green Twister' was developed in Germany and introduced by Jelitto Perennial Seeds in 2017. It was discovered as a natural mutation of the parent plant, Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'.
Coneflower is a good choice for attracting birds, butterflies, and bees to the garden, and if you leave the plant in place during fall and winter, the birds will thank you.
Echinacea purpurea 'Green Twister' can be found in Bed 24A of the North American Nativar bed. They were planted in 2022.
Text and photos by Kumi Sutcliffe