New Echinacea Cultivars

Try one of these charming new cultivars or perhaps all three!

summer sky echinacea

Photo: s3728 (flickr)

Echinacea ‘Summer Sky’ with orange apricot shade petals surrounding the deeper orange of the past few years.

As I peruse the fall garden catalogues I am amazed at how many new cultivars or perennial plants have been introduced in the recent past.

For example, Echinaceas, commonly called coneflowers now are offered in a wider range of colors and forms than ever before.

Our native coneflowers are pink with drooping petals surrounding a spiny cone-shaped orange center. They are stalwart plants to have in a garden as they are drought and heat tolerant and provide masses of blooms to grace the garden as well as a vase.

White coneflowers have been available for some time, though in my garden they have neve been as vigorous as the purplish/pink.

Razzamatazz

This past summer I planted the new Echinacea ‘Razzamatazz’ which is a double – in fact the first Echinacea double ever – in a bright pink.

It performed very well, providing masses of flowers all through summer and into fall.

Other Varieties

Echinacea ‘Summer Sky’ with orange apricot shade petals surrounding the deeper orange of the past few years.

Now, in the fall catalogues this year, Echinacea ‘Coconut Lime’ is being advertised. In the photographs it is a spectacular double flowered white with a central lime green pompom.

I can’t wait to order it.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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