This was the first orange double!

Echinacea Cone-Fections™ Hot Papaya

A breakthrough in Echinacea breeding, this first-ever double orange selection is brought to us through the impeccable breeding lines of Arie Blom of AB-Cultivars in The Netherlands. The plant is strong and sturdy with robust, deep greenleaves and thick, strong stems that have maroon markings.

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. “Guaranteed - You've never seen another coneflower like Hot Papaya! Breeder Arie Blom's been striving for this plant for over 10 years & he's finally succeeded." ~ Chris Hanson, Owner and famed plant geek of Great Garden Plants

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Who Am I?

  • Program

  • Genus

  • Common Name

    Hot Papaya coneflower
  • Botanical Name

    Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' PP21022

Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

    Early July for 8 to 12 weeks.
  • Size

    30-36” tall by 24-30” wide
  • Hardiness Zone

    5(4) – 9
  • Light

    Full sun
  • Soil

    Average garden soil, well drained.
  • Moisture

    moist, but well drained to get established, once established, it is very drought tolerant. As with all coneflowers, well-drained soil in winter is most important.
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Foundation plantings, mass plantings, commercial landscapes, front or middle of the border, urban gardens, containers.
  • Propagation

    Tissue Culture


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