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Echinacea ‘Hot Summer’, Coneflower,  Zone 3-8

A hybrid Coneflower, featuring single flowers with narrow petals surrounding an orange-brown cone. What’s amazing about this selection is the flowers bloom yellow, turn orange and then a vibrant red, all within a few days, offering a range of colour at any one time on the same plant. Plant habit is well-branched, strong and bushy. Ideal for sunny borders, massing and growing in mixed containers. Attractive to butterflies. Excellent for cutting. Coneflowers begin blooming in midsummer and continue for months if faded flowers are regularly removed. However leaving some spent blooms on the plants in the fall provides food for wintering birds. Sun Exposure:  full sun to part shade (full sun brings out the most abundant flowering). 

Soil type: tolerates poor soils, if soils are too rich the stems may tend to sprawl

Soil PH: all

Soil Moisture: dry to medium well drained (soggy soils are fatal to echinaceas)

Care level: easy (deadhead to prolong flowering)

Flower color: orange red

Bloom time: late spring to late summer

Foliage Color: dark green

Uses and Characteristics:  Accent or specimen, massed, Border, container,  grassland, cut flower, dried flower, long blooming, drought tolerant, fragrant, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, deer resistant, winter interest..

Flower head size: large

Height:80-90 cm (31-35 inches)    Width: 50-60 cm (20-23 inches)

Growth Rate: medium

Propagation:  Divide when become over crowded, every 4 years or so. Root cuttings taken in fall or early spring.