Grow This: Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'

By Clint Brown (clintbrown) on June 15, 2010

There are several orange and red Echinaceas available now, but none of them come close to Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'. Not only are the blooms large and colorful, but they also have a nice fragrance! The plants are also reliable and return after winter, unlike some of the other Echinacea hybrids.

2010-06-15/clintbrown/8be41eThankfully, Breeder Arie Blom worked 10 years to create this Echinacea cultivar! He is also responsible for several other amazing Echinacea 2010-06-15/clintbrown/115c79plants, including 'Pink Double Delight', 'Coconut Lime', and 'Meringue'. So far, every single plant from him has been very reliable here in my garden.

Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' will vary in color from red to orange, depending on the zone and age of the flowers. I have included some photos in this article of various stages of the blooms so you can see how it varies. It appears to be redder in warmer zones. 

This plant is a hybrid involving Echinacea paradoxa; therefore, it requires excellent drainage in order to thrive. If your soil is heavy, it will need to be amended with soil conditioner or pine fines to improve the drainage. Remember, don't plant a ten dollar plant in a fifty cent hole!2010-06-15/clintbrown/067a1d

Excellent companion plants for  Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' are Salvia, Coreopsis, Yarrow and Agastache. Shown at top right is 'Hot Papaya' with Perovsia2010-06-15/clintbrown/0b7e3b or Russian Sage. Below that is 'Hot Papaya' with Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'. Top left is 'Hot Papaya' with  Salvia 'May Night'. Second from top on the left is 'Hot Papaya' with various Yarrow cultivars. Finally, the bottom photo on the left is 'Hot Papaya' with Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'.

Echinacae 'Hot Papaya' also looks great with other warm colored Echinaceas, including 'Tomato Soup', 'Paradoxa', and 'Marmalade'.

Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' is available at McGlauflin's Perennials. I checked all over and could not find a better price anywhere.

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Try some of these in your garden...You won't be disappointed!

2010-06-15/clintbrown/71f637Note: You can click on the photos in this article to enlarge them and see the full image. I have started a thread with additional high quality photos of this plant. Please click here to see them and post your own.

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Just got this echie! BookerC1 Jul 9, 2012 9:15 AM 0
So Pretty! Katg Jun 30, 2010 7:59 AM 20

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