This compact and unique selection of coneflower is long blooming, produces vivid beet-red ray flowers that are uniformly fused into quills, and has deep burgundy stems and dark green, glossy leaves. No other coneflower has this combination of traits! The flowering stems are a deep burgundy color in spring and fall, which is still evident in the heat of summer. The smallish, glossy leaves are an attractive deep green, with red midveins in colder weather. But most unique about this selection are the vivid beet-red ray flowers, which are not only upturned like its E. tennesseensis ancestor but are individually fused into quills. It's long blooming as well.
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This unique coneflower is the culmination of five generations of breeding over ten years and combines three different coneflower species: Echinacea laevigata, E. purpurea, and E. tennesseensis. Selected in 2006 from a cross made in 2005, it was stable under four years of field evaluation and through three cycles of tissue culture propagation. Developed by Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois.
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