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Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit Plant Review

Echinacea or coneflower is one of the most beloved of garden perennials in the early parts of our century and breeders around the world have been working their magic with this plant.

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ is a seed-generated plant that homeowners can start themselves to achieve this kind of flower show

Plant Details

  • Height: 24 – 36 inches.
  • Sun: Full hot sun
  • Plant apart: 24-inches is recommended
  • Hardiness: USDA 4
  • Flowering: First year from seed if sown in early January. Second year if sown later. From mid-summer onwards when it does flower

How To Germinate This Echinacea Seed

  • Sow seed on top of damp soilless mix. You can either leave them exposed to light or “very” lightly cover them. They do not require dark conditions to germinate.
  • They do want a 65-70F soil temperature for good germination so this means they’ll start better if you use a seedling heat mat.
  • They should germinate in 10-15 days at these soil temperatures. Transplanting to a larger pot for growing-on is 20-28 days after germination if you’re growing them properly in a 68F room.
  • Plant outdoors after all danger of frost.

My Notes and Review of Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

Seed sown April 4 – too late for flowering in 2013 so will treat for blooms in 2014 by not allowing them to set buds.
November 13. re note above. Yeah right! They bloomed. 🙂 Heavily. Amazingly well. I love this plant – it was the standout performer in our full sun garden. Visitors asked about it, took pictures. Lusted after our collection.
I shared a few seedlings with neighbors – they liked theirs but wanted all the colors in mine (I only gave everybody one seedling) 🙂
Grow it. 🙂

Updates

  • Spring 2015: About 20% of the plants survived the first winter. I suspect we’ll have to follow typical Echinacea blooming rules (not allow them to bloom in year one) to increase hardiness
  • Sept 2015: A half-dozen plants germinated from seed left in the garden over the winter. All were a red shade. Whether the others didn’t germinate, or ? is unknown.
  • For now, I’m considering it a half-hardy perennial if you decide to allow it to bloom in year one.

9 thoughts on “Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit Plant Review”

  1. A terrific plant for beginning gardeners as well as seasoned gardeners, Easy and beautiful, try it, you will like it.

  2. Love the colours. Can you explain the bit about not allowing them to set buds? Also, my echinacea self seed. Can one direct sow Cheyenne spirit?

  3. Last year I gave up trying to find seeds and finally succumbed to purchasing a couple plants of Cheyenne Spirit. Haven’t yet found seeds for sale and I am waiting to see how last year’s plants have survived this winter (probably fine but always a bit of a mother hen that first year, even with Echinacea!).
    Any suggestions since I am not a neighbor of Doug Green?! Thanks.

  4. I bought a cheyenne spirit echinacea plant and planted it in my garden 2 years ago expecting a great show lke your pictures. It bloomed that summer and did not return again. So disappointed!! Is it a biennial? I live by the ocean so there is salt and sand to contend with but lots of things thrive and I do have other purple echinaeca’s that show up reliably and robustly.. The garden gets a southern exposure with tall trees about 60′ from it so most of the day in the summer it is sunny.. It can be windy off the ocean. We have a drip watering system too. Not sure if I need to be patient or if this is a finicky strain.

  5. Does this hybrid, Cheyenne Spirit Cornflower, produce pollen, seeds or nectar for bees, Butterflies or birds?

  6. I’ll have to ask the insects that crawl all over it or the finches that don’t leave any seeds. 🙂 Seems fine to me.

  7. Wonderful plant and I love it, but unfortunately the voles also love it so now I have none…..sigh.

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