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Just arrived 'Hot Papaya' Echinacea

I usually don’t like to get new plants in this late in the season, but the Hot Papaya Echinacea that you’ve seen in all the gardening catalogs just became available. We have some very nice starts in that we transplanted about a week ago, and are now ready for sale.  Here is a photo of the blooms.

'Hot Papaya' Echinacea

And a description from the “catalog”:

Some like it hot! If you like it hot, then this new coneflower is for you. The blooms emerge with florescent, papaya colored ray petals and a deep orange-yellow cone. Hot Papaya matures with rich, spicy orange ray petals that are topped by a double, reddish-orange pompom. Each pompom has a remarkable papaya colored halo in the center that grows as it ages.

Showing it’s strong Echinacea purpurea lines, this truly novel selection sports thick, deep green leaves and strong, sturdy stems with maroon markings. Maturing at 30” in height, Hot Papaya is perfect for mixed borders and makes a lovely statement when placed in the mid border. Plant it en masse for a truly traffic stopping focal point in any setting.

Echinacea “Hot Papaya” is the very first hybrid double bringing a wonderful fiery shade to double flowered echinaceas which were previously either pink or white.

I’ve been remiss in blogging lately. I had a busy week last week & then had a reaction to an antibiotic I was taking. I still want to share some photos from our “Late Night at the Greenhouse” . We had a great time! That will be coming soon!

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