Solar Flare Echinacea
Very compact and long-blooming, it's the latest innovation in Echinacea breeding!
Is there no end to the improvements to be made in Echinacea?! 'Solar Flare' seems to have them all -- a brand-new flower color that can only be described as electric kool-aid red, a huge brown cone, a super-compact habit, and an ultra-long season of bloom. To be any better, it would have to be made of plastic!
These blooms earn their name with every neon-bright petal! Deep scarlet-red toward the base and magenta toward the tip, they are held straight out around a giant dark brown cone. Butterflies and bees rush to pay their respects, while pests and disease keep clear of this vigorous, low maintenance plant. Expect the blooms to begin in early summer in most climates and to continue well into fall!
And 'Solar Flare' is far more neat and compact than Echinaceas of yore. This plant reaches only 24 to 36 inches high, with terrific branching and plenty of flowering stems. The spread is about 18 to 24 inches, small enough for those tight garden spaces. The dark stems on which the flowers are borne add another bit of interest to the display, standing out nicely from the olive-green foiage.
'Solar Flare' was bred by Richard Saul of Georgia, developer of the Big Sky™ and 'Crazy" Echinacea series. You can count on it for vigor and reliability, season after season!
Try combining 'Solar Flare' with other low-maintenance sun lovers in the border, cottage garden, or meadow. It makes a good friend to Coreopsis, as well as Buddleia and Scabiosa. Give it a whirl this season, and we predict that by fall you'll be selecting plants specifically to combine with it! Zones 4-8.
|ItemForm||3 1/2-inch Pot|
|Zone||4 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Summer - Mid Fall|
|PlantHeight||24 in - 3 ft|
|PlantWidth||18 in - 24 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Native, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Companions|
|BloomColor||Dark Pink, Light Magenta, Red|
|MoistureRequirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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