Echinacea Sombrero Salsa Red
photo of Echinacea Sombrero 'Salsa Red' courtesy of Suzanne Patryl

Coneflower

Sombrero 'Salsa Red' has been the most popular Echinacea in our test garden. It has softly fragrant, spicy orange-red blossoms with an orange-brown cone. The petals overlap, giving the flowers a fuller, more polished look. They are freely produced from early through late summer. This plant is very well branched and sturdy with loads of buds. 

  • Height: 46-66 cm (18-26 in)
  • Spread: 30-46 cm (12-18 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: summer to fall
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: orange red
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and songbirds

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.

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