Description & Overview

Kismet Red Coneflower adds an intense pop of color to the landscape with its vivid red hue, compact habit, and clean foliage. Lots of pure-red, showy, three to four-inch daisy-like flowers start blooming toward the end of spring and continue the show until the first hard frost. Blooms are long-lasting, up to four weeks! The lovely shade of red contrasts nicely with the dark green, clean foliage throughout the season.

Core Characteristics

Category: Perennial

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 4

Mature Height: 12-18 inches

Mature Spread: 18-24 inches

Growth Rate: Fast

Growth Form: Upright, mounded, clump-forming

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Site Requirements: Well-drained, fertile

Flower: Red

Bloom Period: July-October

Foliage: Green

Fall Color: None

Urban Approved: Yes

Fruit Notes: Tiny, dark, narrow, flat seeds

Suggested Uses

Kismet Red Coneflower is super versatile in the landscape and requires little maintenance. Make sure to plant them in full sun and in rich, well-draining soil for the best performance.

These beauties are an excellent choice for the informal landscape and ideal for cottage gardens, massed plantings, and wildflower gardens. With its compact habit, it works well along borders and edges, sidewalks, walkways, or near patios.

Wildlife Value

Coneflowers are in the Aster family (Asteraceae), which includes many host plants for an array of wildlife.

The flowers are pollinated by bees, bee flies, Halictid bees, butterflies, and skippers. The Coneflower Mining bee is a specialist insect that feeds solely on coneflowers. Bees have a harder time seeing red light, which may impact how many bees, wasps, and bee flies visit the flower. On the other hand, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds love visiting this plant! Leaving spent blooms up to set seed will provide food for Goldfinches in fall and winter.

Other visitors include the Arogos Skipper (Atrytone arogos), Ottoe Skipper (Hesperia ottoe), Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) and Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles).

Maintenance Tips

You can deadhead the spent flowers to boost new flower production, but deadheading is not necessary for new blooms to be produced. Leaving them up over winter will provide seeds to songbirds.

Supplemental watering needs to occur during times of drought. A mulch layer around the base of the plants will help retain soil moisture and keep plants overall happier.

Pests/Problems

Black Walnut Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Rabbit Resistant: No

This plant can get leaf spot and crown rot if kept too moist. Plant in an area with well-draining soil.

Watch for aphids, mites, thrips, whiteflies, and slugs.

Rabbits are known to chew off petals.

Leaf Lore

The genus name Echinacea comes from the Greek “echinos” which describes the nature of a hedgehog or sea urchin, in reference to the bristly scales of the dried seed head.

This Echinacea is a hybrid between Echinacea purpurea, E. paradoxa, and E. tennesseensis.

Companion Plants

Kismet Red Coneflower grows well with other perennials, especially when they are in bloom at the same time.

These options all overlap bloom time with Kismet Red.

  • Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
  • Large Beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)
  • Willowleaf Amsonia (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
  • Blue Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
  • Hairy Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis)
  • Mai Tai Geum (Geum x ‘Mai Tai)
  • Minor Black Weigela (Weigela florida ‘Minor Black’)
  • Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata)
  • Sand Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
  • Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
  • Harlequin Blueflag Iris (Iris versicolor)
  • Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)
  • Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)
  • and Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis)
Kismet Red Coneflower adds an intense pop of color to the landscape with its vivid red hue, compact habit, and clean foliage. Lots of pure-red, showy,…
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Written by Beth DeLain