Echinacea ‘Guava Ice’ PPAF
The latest addition to our ever-growing, popular line of Cone-fections series
from the breeding brilliance of Arie Blom of AB-Cultivars in The Netherlands.
Grower Introduction – 2011 | Retail Introduction 2012
A Cool New Color for our Cone-fections Collection
When I saw this plant at the 2010 Plantarium in bloom for the first time, I was wowed by the unusual color and the huge, I mean HUGE blooms. Each fully double guava colored bloom is at least 4 inches across and just as huge. It so reminded me of a guava snow cone, hence the name ‘Guava Ice’.
Size: 24-30” tall by 24-36” 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.
Disease and Pests: None known.
Landscape use: Mixed border, foundation plantings, mass plantings, urban gardens, cutting gardens.
Market appeal / Uniqueness: Guava Ice has enormous, fully double guava colored blooms on thick, upright stems. It’s a unique color, but a super-strong, sturdy plant with loads and loads of four inch diameter blooms.
Propagation methods: Tissue culture, divisions.
Date of introduction to market: April, 2011
Bloom time: Late June for 14 to 16 weeks.
Angela’s Garden Notes:
We are proud to be releasing this new selection which comes to us, once again, form the fantastically strong breeding lines of breeder Arie Blom of AB-Cultivars in The Netherlands. This selection is new to growers for 2011 and will not be available at a retail level until late 2011/early 2012.
This is a strong plant in the garden covered with healthy, deep green strapey foliage. Thick lime green stems hold the truly gigantic blooms way up high as they fade from deep orangey-pink to a cooling shade of guava.
I just adore this novel color and I am so impressed that the stems can support these buxom blossoms and never flop. The reflexed ray petals are the color of ripe guava fruit and they balance the enormous, fully double cone.
Every time I look at these blooms, I crave a fruity snow cone.