Grow This: Color-Changing Echinacea

By Clint Brown (clintbrown) on March 29, 2010

There are many new Echinacea cultivars available with new colors and bloom forms. We can now add another new category: "Blooms That Change Colors!"

Marco van Noort of the Netherlands has created two new plants which are unlike any Echinaceas before them. 2010-03-29/clintbrown/b80f65These plants have blooms that change colors over time so that you have the appearance of multiple bloom colors on a single plant.

Echinacea 'Hot Summer' (pictured-left) is a beautiful new cultivar with blooms that emerge golden orange which change to bright red resulting in a kaleidoscope of fiery shades all on one plant. Hot Summer' - What a perfect name for this wonderful plant!

Echinacea 'Hot Summer' grows to about 36 inches tall. Appropriately, it blooms all summer! Echinacea 'Hot Summer' is available at McGlauflin's Perennials.

Echinacea 'Summer Cocktail' (pictured-right) is another upcoming Marco van2010-03-29/clintbrown/cf244a Noort cultivar with blooms which change over a period of 5 days from Yellow to Orange and Pink. Echinacea 'Summer Cocktail' is not available in the USA yet, but I thought some of you might want to see it ahead of time.

I leave you with two photos of Echinacea seedlings from Marco van Noort. It's amazing how many colors and bloom forms he has growing in this space. The next breakthrough in Echinaceas is bound to come from one of his selections!

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© 2010 - Clint Brown

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Comments and discussion:
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Stunning ! Dea Mar 30, 2010 5:58 AM 0
Where can we get seeds for them? LiliMerci Mar 29, 2010 8:55 PM 2

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