NC State Extension

Echinacea ‘Mac ‘N Cheese’

Mac 'n Cheese

Trial: Perennial

Year Trialed: 2009

Good Qualities:

Year 1: 

Great yellow color (4); Cone prominent and petals more droopy like regular echinacea; Bright large yellow petals that fill the flowers, very little petal sag compared to other echinaceas; Nice cone; Non-drooping petals; I like this better than some of the paler yellow echinacea I’ve seen.


Year 1: 

Stems too short, maybe they will be taller next year (2); My helpers did not like the color, we used only a few in bouquets; Hard to fault; Powdery mildew; Only one bloom per plant.

Insect or Diseases:

Year 1: 


Similar species/cultivars:

Year 1: 

More like regular echinacea with drooping petals.


Year 1: 

Waiting for next year, started with small plugs, Approximately 40% of the plants died by the end of the summer.

Trial Data

Year 1:

Echinacea ‘Mac ‘n Cheese’
Plants received alive (%) Plants flowering (%) Yield (stems/plant) (1) Stem Length (inches) (1) Market Appreciation Rating (2) Repeat Again Rating (2) Ease of Cultivation Rating (2)
Average 97.4 78 1.2 10.1 3.5 4.0 4.0
Range of Responses 92-100 50-100 0-3 6-15 3-5 3-5 3-5

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


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