Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’
( Also growing in Flowergardengirl’s garden—NEW NEW NEW–information below from http://www.plantsvouveau.com) I have all confidence that my neighbor and artist–Gail Morris–is going to trespass lovingly in my garden for a picture of this….well she’ll probably drool over my pictures of it. Love ya Gail.
Echinacea Hot Papaya ppaf, pbraf, capbraf
The first double orange coneflower. Muy caliente!
Some like it hot! If you like it hot, then this new coneflower is for you. The blooms emerge with florescent, papaya colored ray petals and a deep orange-yellow cone. Hot Papaya matures with rich, spicy orange ray petals that are topped by a double, reddish-orange pompom. Each pompom has a remarkable papaya colored halo in the center that grows as it ages.
Showing it’s strong Echinacea purpurea lines, this truly novel selection sports thick, deep green leaves and strong, sturdy stems with maroon markings. Maturing at 30” in height, Hot Papaya is perfect for mixed borders and makes a lovely statement when placed in the mid border. Plant it en masse for a truly traffic stopping focal point in any setting.
Echinacea “Hot Papaya” is the very first hybrid double bringing a wonderful fiery shade to double flowered echinaceas which were previously either pink or white.
And this is what I saw at the GWA Raleigh in 2009–so ‘Hot Papaya’ has now survived the winter and is sprouting in my garden. How could I not tell you about it!
Size: 30-36” tall by 24-30” wide
USDA hardiness Zones: 5(4) – 9
Sun/shade: Full sun.
Soil: Average garden soil, well drained.
Moisture: moist, but well drained to get established, once established, it is very drought tolerant.
As with all coneflowers, well-drained soil in winter is most important.
Disease and Pests: None known
Landscape use: Foundation plantings, mass plantings, commercial landscapes, front or middle
of the border, urban gardens, containers.
Market appeal / Uniqueness: A breakthrough in Echinacea breeding, this first-ever double orange
selection is brought to us through the impeccable breeding lines of Arie Blom of AB-Cultivars in The
Netherlands. The plant is strong and sturdy with robust, deep greenleaves and thick, strong stems that
have maroon markings.
Blooms July–for about 12 weeks
It’s part of a series called, Cone-fections. Catchy isn’t it? I’ll write about the others too–wanna see?