Echinacea Cone-Fections™ Hot Papaya

Echinacea Cone-Fections™ 'Hot Papaya'

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

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.

Which plants should I grow to repel insects?
Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?
Deer eating dayliliesPlanting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?
Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).