A brand new coneflower in a brand new color

Sharon Cohoon,  – October 16, 2004

Ever wish purple coneflower came in another color? Now it does. Orange Meadowbrite has the same droopy petals and brownish central cone we admire in Echinacea purpurea, but its petals are orange instead of the more common rosy purple. The plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall and as wide; flowers are 3 to 4 inches wide. Add it to your summer flower border or cutting garden; it appreciates full sun, good drainage, and regular summer watering.

The new hybrid is available only through the sources listed below during this introductory year. Since supply is limited, the price is steep: from $13 for one 3-inch pot.

SOURCES: Jackson & Perkins (800/292-4769), Plant Delights Nursery (919/772-4794), and White Flower Farm (800/503-9624)