|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.|
|Propagation Methods||Tissue culture, divisions.|
|Bloom Time||Early July for 8 to 12 weeks.|
Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:
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.
Buy your Hot Papaya NOW from the following mail order nurseries:
“Guaranteed – You’ve never seen another coneflower like Hot Papaya!
Breeder Arie Blom’s been striving for this plant for over 10 years & he’s finally succeeded.”
~ Chris Hanson, Owner and famed plant geek of Great Garden Plants
Having trouble finishing the new hybrids in pots? Here’s some useful growing information from Paul Westervelt of Saunder’s Brothers Nursery in VA.