Notable for a dashing display of bold, daisy-like cut flowers and an easy-to-get-along-with personality, Echinacea is favored by beginning and experienced gardeners for its colorful yet indestructible nature. Sculpted with prominent raised central cones, the hefty flower heads of this summer-blooming perennial are lifted above the greenery on sturdy stems, which are firm enough to hold them without staking. Native to the eastern and central U.S., the dark green, lanceolate leaves are reminiscent of a close relative, Rudbeckia. Perfect in a perennial border or peppered throughout a meadow garden, Coneflower’s erect stalks complement the more relaxed look of other plants.
One of the celebrated stars from Richard Saul’s highly touted Big Sky breeding program in Atlanta, Georgia, ‘Sundown’ colors the landscape with blazing intensity. Vibrant, nearly iridescent pinkish orange petals bend back and overlap one another as they swirl around a pronounced chocolate-brown hub. A cross between purpurea and paradoxa, this Echinacea is not only a flamboyant, sweetly fragrant beauty, but a stocky workhorse delivering vigorous, multibranched stems and broad dark green foliage. (PPAF)
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Echinacea Big Sky™ ‘Sunrise’
- Echinacea ‘Harvest Moon™’
- Echinacea pallida
- Echinacea paradoxa
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Kims Knee High’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus Superior’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star (Rubinstern)’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’
- Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top Hybrids’