stunning addition to the 2012 garden:
deep pink/fuchsia quilled petals that are also upturned!!
Short too ~ less than 18" tall ~ making it a great "front-of-the-border" coneflower.
The second of only two "quilled" blooms in this garden ~ the first was Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers' (added last year: )
Also an exceptional full sun perennial ~ reaching 5' in my garden (seen in foreground of photo below)
I usually end up gathering & tying 'Henry' to the birdhouse tuteur as he has a (bad??) habit of flopping.
Both were perfect perennials for the summer we've had ~ seemingly unaffected by the record breaking heat ~ 73 days above 90 degrees (so far) when normal is only 33 days that hot!
Heat and drought resistance will be necessary traits for all new additions if this hot/dry trend continues.....