Echinacea ‘Marmalade’ 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 – 2010 | Retail Introduction 2011
Size: 26-30” tall by 24-30” wide
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5(4)-9
Soil: moist, but well drained
Sun: full sun
Diseases/pests: none known
Landscape Use: Borders, foundation plantings, small urban gardens, wildlife gardens, cutting gardens, containers
Market Appeal/Uniqueness: Marmalade is a strong plant that supports truly double marmalade orange blooms. The color of the blooms is two toned. On some days, and in different light, it will look more tangerine-orange, but on most, it will look just like fresh marmalade from the jar spread onto your Sunday morning toast.
Propagation methods: tissue culture, divisions
Date of introduction to market: June 1, 2010
Bloom time: Early to mid June for 8 to 12 weeks
Angela’s Garden Notes
With blooms the color of tart orange marmalade and stems as sturdy as the strongest selection, Marmalade will add another dimension to your garden. Layered with selections like ‘Hot Papaya’, ‘Milkshake’ and ‘Meringue’, you’ll be able to create a cutting garden that’s the envy of your neighborhood.
Marmalade is a medium sized plant with large, fully double pompom blooms that won’t disappoint.
The blooms are a light, yellowish-orange with many perfectly formed ray petals and a tufted bonnet of even deeper golden orange on top on the double cone. The plants are vigorous and healthy and have multiple buds per stem.
The foliage is narrow like the yellow coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa), one of it’s parents, but it is so deep green and glossy, it does not detract from the overall look of the plant.
The plants in my garden are just starting to open, so it is one of the earlier selections to bloom.
“When Arie showed me pictures of his latest Coneflower hybrid I was blown away! Echinacea Marmalade’s fully double flowers are amazingly large, fragrant, and held atop strong stems in the garden – it doesn’t get any better than this!” ~ Chris Hansen, Great Garden Plants