Attract butterflies and birds with coneflowers
Coneflowers attract an assortment of beautiful
butterflies that are attracted to the pollen in the colorful flowers. The abundant daisy
like flowers are full of sweet nectar that fluttering friends just can't resist.
Many species of butterflies will visit the garden just to get a drink from the coneflower
fountain. Species such as Painted
will become regular visitors of coneflower plants.
Coneflower plants are also great for attracting many types of
birds that love to eat the seeds out of the cone after the flower petals have
fallen off. Some of the types of birds that are attracted to the seed heads include:
Goldfinches, Blue Jays, and Cardinals. In fact coneflower or Echinacea seed is
included in many of the best brands of wild bird seed. We have even noticed that many of
our local humming birds have really taken a liking the Echinacea plant 'Ruby Giant' and will sometimes fight over
In addition to our airborne neighbors; coneflowers will also
attract playful squirrels who are always good for a chuckle as they scurry through the
perennial beds. Another guest to the garden is the occasional raccoon. These furry
friends are drawn in for the seeds from the Coneflower as well - especially in
winter months when food gets scarce.