I have long been familiar with Echinacea and thought it was a pretty cool plant, but it was when discovered it under a different name “Magnus” that we fell in love with it.
Last september we were pretty settled into our new home in Mississippi and I found this plant at the hardwood store on clearance. I have wanted to try this plant in my garden for a while but just never got around to it, so I picked it up and took it home. Magnus needed this plant after all.
I dug a hole for it and wondered if it would grow here. You see our house and yard is built on sand. Not wanting to go get any dirt I just planted it and hoped for the best. Within a month the flowers were dead and the plant look just about dead as well. I shrugged my shoulders and moved on.
About February, I think, I noticed that it was coming back. And just this week the first of about 12 buds is fully opened.
Since that first planting I have tried a variety of other flowers in the sand. Some have lasted longer than others but so far this is the only one I’d call a success. It actually came back the next year!