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Hot Papaya Coneflower
The First-ever Double Orange Coneflower!

Hot Papaya Coneflower

Item # 33726
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As many as 10 blooms at once on a mature plant!

Nearly red 3- to 3 1/2-inch blooms refuse to fade, holding up well on purple-streaked stems!
Plant Patent 21,022

The most exciting Echinacea of the season is this dramatic double-flowered orange, a stunning creation from master plantsman Arie Blom. The flowers are large, packed with fade-proof color, and held in a bold "skirted pompon" look that is interesting in its own right. And what's more, the plant is vigorous, long-blooming, and very floriferous, with up to ten blooms present at once when mature!

Mixed in with the fiery brick-orange petals are flashes of deep pink and lilac, plus golds and yellows. The lower guard petals (the "skirt") is a slightly lighter shade, exactly matching the center of the cone at the top of the flower. Fully 3 to 3½ inches wide, these are blooms that hold up for much more than a week, indoors or out. Leave the final flowers on the plant and the seeds will dry in the large central cone, providing an autumn feast for the songbirds in your garden. More than a decade of breeding was dedicated to this stunning double orange Echinacea, and its pedigree shows.

'Hot Papaya' reaches 30 to 36 inches high and spreads 24 to 30 inches wide, for a dazzling display in the sunny border. Like other Echinacea, it is a very robust and adaptable perennial. Bred from multiple species, it is disease- and pest-resistant, standing up effortlessly to heat, humidity, poor soil, drought, and other natural phenomena. All it asks is plenty of sunshine and well-drained moist to dry soil.

Plant 'Hot Papaya' fearlessly among other Echinacea, as well as among other heat- and drought-tolerant perennials in the sunny garden. Be sure to grow a few extra in the cutting garden as well, to show off the majesty of these flowers indoors as well as out! Zones 4-9.

Genus Echinacea
Species x
Variety 'Hot Papaya'
ppaf 21,022
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Mid Summer - Mid Fall
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 2 ft 6 in - 3 ft
PlantWidth 24 in - 2 ft 6 in
BloomSize 3 in - 3.5 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Pest Fighter, Repeat Bloomer
BloomColor Dark Orange
FoliageColor Medium Green, Purple
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Scorching
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Fall Color, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 1 Reviews Write a Review
Simply Gorgeous !!!!! <3
Jan from IN wrote (June 07, 2012):
Such an extraordinay cone flower!!!! Simply amazing to watch the bloom process from regular looking cone flower to the bouffant! Stunning color and also has a slight fragrance. Fast grower and comes back bigger the next years. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this flower!!!
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