Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PLANT OF THE WEEK: Echibeckia Summerina™

Part of me just loves the name of this plant. The brand new series of Echibeckias is an inter-genetic cross between Rudbeckia and Echinacea. For those gardeners that aren't currently practicing their Latin, that's a cross between a black-eyed Susan and a cone flower.  Pat, our store gardener, has planted them along our sidewalk bed in front of our white house offices. The Echibeckia would love an exposure of full to part-sun. It is hardy in our area here in Baltimore County and will survive in USDA Zone 6. The daisy-like flowers are available in three colors this year; brown, orange and yellow, measuring about three inches across. The breeder , Pacific Plug and Liner, states that the plant has the appearance of Rudbeckia with the hardiness of Echinacea. We expect Echibeckia Summerina™ to bloom for two to three months in late spring to mid-summer.

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