Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' is a very popular coneflower in our test garden. The highly fragrant, glowing orange-red flowers have a papaya orange halo in the pompom center. The colour literally glows in the garden. It is a hybrid of two species but it has the strong growth habit of Echinacea purpurea. 'Hot Papaya' makes a sturdy clump with thick stems accented with maroon markings.
- Height: 76 - 91 cm (30 - 36 in)
- Spread: 61 - 76 cm (24 - 30 in)
- Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
- Sun or Shade: sun
- Bloom Time: summer to fall
- Leaf Colour: green
- Bloom Colour: red orange
- Critter Resistance: deer
- Nature Attraction: butterflies and bees
Growing and Maintenance Tips
Coneflowers are the ideal perennial for hot sunny sites. Plant them in shade and they will flop and produce very few flowers. Loamy, well drained soil is ideal to produce the best bloom and winter hardiness. Heavy soils can lead to winter rot. Leave the seed heads to stand for winter food for finches and other birds.